The Nesquehoning Conservation Club has played a vital part in the restoration and upkeep of Nesquehoning Watershed and during last night's water authority meeting, they were given free reign to do even more.
During the hearing of visitors, Sam Kitchko addressed authority members regarding the problems at the first hollow resulting from recent storms. The area was washed out and more water has been penetrating the dam.
Kitchko offered the services of the Conservation Club to help in any way they can to repair it and to get the water back into the stream. He stated that he was willing to seek the assistance of the construction company currently working on the solar park to help with equipment and materials and was seeking authority approval to move forward.
Borough engineer Ron Tirpak discussed the options available to the authority
Noting that the first hollow no longer serves a purpose, some of the options included breaching the hollow, repairing it or turning it over to the Conservation Club. After a vote by the authority members, it was decided to enter into a 25-year lease or trust with the club for the cost of $1.
The conservation club will obtain insurance so the authority will not have any liability issues. Solicitor Robert Yurchak will prepare the necessary documents to make the deal official. The authority will help the conservation club make the necessary repairs wherever possible and in such areas as equipment use and purchasing power for required materials.
In other matters, the authority voted to begin advertising for bids for core boring for the water tank project as suggested by the most recent report from Alfred Benesch & Co.
Tirpak said that he was in receipt of a "nasty DEP letter" regarding their concerns at the fourth hollow. The letter addressed issues with a boil occurring at the outlet stream. Additionally, DEP has movement issues with the walls on the spillway.
Tirpak said that he felt there was no movement and will meet with DEP on June 27 to review their concerns.