Construction expected to start soon on W. Mahoning sewer project

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Construction is expected to begin this week on the H2O grant projects beginning with the West Mahoning Street sewer project.

Punxsutawney Borough Engineer Brian Sekula, EADS Group, said work will be done first on West Mahoning because of the paving work needed following construction of storm sewers, which should help with the high water in the area of the Punxy Plaza when a heavy thunderstorm occurs.

Sekula said the Horatio Street sewer project will be second, and South Main Street will be third.

In other business:
• Sekula said PennDOT had contacted him for additional information about the Route 119 bridge project in Elk Run near Route 310.

He said PennDOT told him the project will be going to bid within the next few weeks.

According to the PennDOT management Web site, the bids are due August 9, Sekula said.

The borough is responsible for moving the sewer lines that currently run along that bridge.

• Sekula said the FEMA levee certification project will soon be underway.
EADS will be inspecting all of the closure devices on all of the pipelines that come through the levee, Sekula said, adding that there will also be some survey crews looking into top elevations.

• Sekula discussed the storm water ordinance waiver request for the proposed Primary Health Network building on Prushnok Drive.

The storm water management ordinance was passed by the borough and developed by the county under the direction of the Department of Environnmental Protection, he said.

Sekula said the water runoff retention pond must be higher than the flood plain elevations, which, under the current plans, are not.

Ben White, borough manager, said if the proposed site for the retention pond is raised above the flood plain, the water will have to go somewhere which would endanger properties adjacent to it.

Larry Chenoga, council president, said he wanted to see the design plans for the water retention pond and the entire site before it's approved.

• Jay Lundy, borough solicitor, said he requested to hold a public hearing Aug. 13 prior to the regular council voting meeting to hear testimony on the request to vacate the alleys off of Route 436 and the gas impact fee zoning ordinance.

• Chenoga said he wanted all council members to take time to study the borough's sign ordinance prior to the August meeting to see if any changes need to be made.

Also, at the recent meeting, council:
• Approved Ordinance 1122, prohibiting parking on the north side of Fairman Lane.

• Approved a motion to add Tommie Elder to the Central Fire Department active list.

• Approved a motion to remove William Phillips, 24 years of service, and William P. Wolfe, 47 years of service, from the Lindsey Fire Company active list.

Mayor James Wehrle said he would honor the long-time members with a proclamation at an upcoming meeting.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 13 in council chambers.