Members of the Nesquehoning Water Authority voted to move forward with a water tank project after a presentation given by James J. Rhoades Jr., of Alfred Benesch & Co. Monday night at the regular monthly meeting.

Rhoades presented several models outlining the authority's options with regard to tank and access road location, elevation, size and type of tank, water system demand and number of lines to be utilized.

Cost became an important factor due to the fact that the estimated project expenses presented by Rhoades were more than previously thought. The authority was awarded a state grant in the amount of $608,000 to be utilized for the tank project; however, the anticipated cost of the project, which may likely exceed $1,000,000, means that the authority will need to seek additional funding.

Rhoades recommended utilizing local banks to secure funding in a timely manner so that all deadlines may be met.

The authority, on the recommendation of engineer Ron Tirpak, voted to seek bids for a 350,000-gallon concrete tank with alternate bids for a glass-lined tank with a recommended elevation of approximately 1,125 feet in the Hauto area.

The plans will also utilize a 2-line system which will cost more up front, but will save the authority money in annual maintenance costs compared to using one line. Only one PRV (pressure reducing valve) station will be necessary due to the elevation of the tank. The authority requested to have the removal of the existing tank included with the bidding and to take into consideration any scrap value associated with the existing tank.

The next important step of the project will be to seek permits from DEP which could take up to 180 days.

In other news, the authority reviewed quotes for the new control system radios that must be purchased to keep up with FCC mandates. Members voted to accept the proposal from Convergence Communications of Hazleton, for the new radios, contingent upon review of their client list and references. The quote from Convergence was set at $12,495.