Plans for the new water tank project for the Nesquehoning Water Authority are on track and have entered a waiting phase, pending permit approval from DEP.

During last night's regular monthly meeting of the water authority, it was noted that the invoice for borings was received and came in under the bid amount with a $1,400 savings to the authority. Vice-President Frank Parano requested that a timetable highlighting key milestones be created by engineer Ron Tirpak and by Alfred Benesch & Co.

Authority members approved an eight-year agreement with Panther Creek Power Operating, LLC for its use of the fourth hollow. In the agreement, a fixed rate of $.4847 per 1,000 gallons of water was established with a minimum $18,000 guaranteed each year regardless of usage.

All other provisions, terms and conditions will remain the same. The previous agreement included an annual escalation rate that has now been suspended.

During the August meeting, it was announced that the new truck was in and that the plow had been installed. The authority advertised for bids on the sale of the old truck.

Last night, authority President David Hawk opened eight bids and awarded the sale of the 1997 Ford F-250 to Creitz Tune-up Service in the amount of $5,260.