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Update given on Duryea levee gap work

February 17. 2013 9:29AM
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DURYEA -- Borough Council started Tuesday night with a visit from state Sen. John Blake and state Rep. Mike Carroll.

Blake and Carroll attended the meeting to show support and provide an update on the levee project to fill the 1,100-foot gap in the levee from Stephenson Street to the Holy Rosary Cemetery.

Department of Environmental Protection representative Jonathan Conville, P.E. from the Bureau of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands, presented a PowerPoint about the process of the Duryea Borough Flood Protection program.

The project design is a steel sheet-pile flood wall that connects with the existing levee.

With resolution of unmarked graves thanks to the Diocese and a project design that is substantially complete, the current timeline has the project being bid upon in Spring 2013 with end of summer or fall construction.

Blake stated several times he was pleased with the timeline progression.

When Duryea residents and council questioned the height and location of the flood wall, Conville responded that the "elevation we are putting this to well exceeds the hundred year storm."

There were also questions concerning raising the rest of the levee.

Both Blake and Carroll support such a project, but Carroll emphasized, "let's get this 1,100 feet done" before entering a two- to three-year project to raise the levee.

Blake restated their commitment to "a more permanent resolution to protect the community."

In other business, ordinances concerning a registration program for residential rental properties and an inspection for rental properties were tabled until the next meeting for further study after several complaints were made against the ordinances.

What's Next

The next Duryea Borough Council meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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