Nesquehoning borough engineer Ron Tirpak was on hand at last night's Water Authority meeting to discuss proposed changes to the water tank project that is presently under way.
Last month, James J. Rhodes Jr., of Alfred Benesch & Co. reported to the authority that by altering the previously proposed location of the tank, they would save money due to a reduction in the amount of pipe that would be needed to deliver water. Authority members voted to approve his recommendation as to the new location of the tank.
Upon further study of the design and plans, Benesch & Co. realized that more than one acre of land would be disturbed if they went with the proposed site, which would prompt the requirement of a NPDES permit. Securing the permit could take DEP six months or more to review and approve the permit which could cause problems with the time table in which the project needs to be completed.
The new recommendation is to move the site up further north. Under this plan, additional costs for piping will be realized, however, the costs for clearing the site will be less and no NPDES permit will be required. Additionally, under the old plan, the creation of an access road to allow for geotechnical boring would have been an additional expense, but will not be necessary under the new plan. The four bids that were received for creating access to the site would be returned to the bidders unopened. Authority members then voted to approve the new location of the tank.
Upon recommendation of Tirpak, authority members also voted to have an above ground booster station placed off of Industrial Road. The water authority will seek an easement with Kovatch in order to have the booster station installed at that location. They will also propose to abandon a present easement that will no longer be necessary once the old tank is torn down.
In other matters, the authority reported that they will begin flushing hydrants starting Monday, April 16 and that the fee for returned checks will increase from $25 to $35.