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PLAINS TWP. -- Board of Commissioners Chairman Ronald Filippini announced Thursday night that the First Street Bridge, in the Hudson section, is scheduled to reopen on Oct. 30.

The bridge, which crosses over Mill Creek on one of the main streets that connects the township with Wilkes-Barre, has been closed for more than a month, despite initial Luzerne County engineering estimates that the bridge would be closed for only one week.

Several residents complained about the paving and repair project at the township's regular September meeting. Filippini acknowledged their frustration and said the township has little control over the county project.

In other matters, the commissioners heard the concerns of Anita Davis of Litchey Drive, who complained that, subsequent to the Mericle company's construction of a new Geisinger facility off of East Mountain Drive, the quality of her well water has been completely diminished.

She said several of the few neighbors she has have experienced the same problems. She said she has not had adequate drinking water for weeks and is hesitant to take on the costs of either upgrading her well water filtration system or connecting to an existing Pennsylvania American Water Co. line.

She estimated a filtration upgrade will cost between $4,000 and $8,000. Likewise, she said that connecting to a PAWC line will cost roughly the same amount, but that option will be open to her only if each of her neighbors opt to connect to the line as well.

Davis said Mericle denied her claims that blasting during the construction caused any property damage, and the company responded that her water was of questionable quality before construction.

She said the company would, however, grant an easement on its property if PAWC were to want to run a line through it.

Officials said they would not be able to aid with the cost of upgrading her well filtration system.

Filippini pledged to reach out to the water company in hopes of finding a way to reduce the costs of any connection project.

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