The West Penn Township Board of Supervisors now has two options to choose from when it comes to the DEP mandated installation of sewage facilities. A second option was presented Monday evening during the supervisors monthly meting, held at the township municipal building.
To coincide with Act 537 part of the Clean Streams Law created to regulate sewage and other pollutants that go into the waters of Pennsylvania the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is requiring for something to be done about the couple hundred failing waste systems secreting raw sewage in the waterways of Andreas, Clamtown, Reynolds, Snyders and South Tamaqua. The plan recently submitted to DEP is to install waste systems in 306 homes, 160 or so of which are located in West Penn.
At yesterday's meeting, owners of The Wells Team Inc., Bob Wells and Rick Brown, pitched the board an alternative choice that should fit in its Act 537 plan. What Brown proposed, he said, could save multimillion dollars. No decisions were made, however, but Wells and Brown are attending a sewer committee meeting on Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. to further discuss what exactly the company offers and if it can be done to DEP regulations.
A public review period for the proposed plan is ongoing until Sept. 29 when a meeting is to be held at Tamaqua Middle School's auditorium for residents to voice their comments and changes can be made to the plan accordingly. The documents are at Walker and West Penn Township municipalities and are also available on Walker's website. None of what Wells Team Inc. is currently discussing with the board is in the documents.
Also at the meeting, the board ratified a 2004 ordinance that vacates several roads, including parts of Crossover Lane, Woodland Drive, Acorn Drive and Timber Lane. Under the ordinance, the township is not responsible for maintaining the roads.
Route 895 will likely be closed in Andreas for the Halloween parade at 7 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 17.
The board is also seeking volunteers to look over Zoning and Code information. Any interested can contact Chairman Alfonso Martinez at (570)386-5851.
Next supervisors meeting is on Monday Oct. 3 at the municipal building.