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Water authority to pay half of First Hollow Dam repairs

Published April 19. 2010 05:00PM

When Sam Kitchko from the Nesquehoning Conservation Club showed the Nesquehoning Borough Water Authority the samples of materials used to block up the hole in the First Hollow Dam, the authority voted to pay half of the costs of the material.

Kitchko told the board that they paid $14.25 a bag when asked by a board member. The hole is now fixed and Kitchko showed them the granulated stone and the chip to patch the hole. He added that they were told that there are trees growing on the breast that shouldn't be there and the conservation club will clean all that up. The authority will give the conservation club a key to enter the gate at the First Hollow to finish their work there.

Fire hydrants will be flushed throughout the week of April 26, reported supervisor Mark Lopata. David Hawk, authority president said he is trying to get a spare motor to have in case it is needed.

Tommy Merman, Nesquehoning resident, is still asking for a count on the wells in town and wants an answer. Ron Tirpak, engineer, is getting preliminary numbers on a replacement tank and then the board will meet with a representative from U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's office.

Under new business secretary Denny Creitz said that since the mail is being sent to the post office in the Lehigh Valley, some are getting eaten up and wanted to change the type of bills. Since there are more than enough still left in the borough office, it was decided to wait to order new ones.

It is mandatory for all water authorities to get a telephone line to contact residents when there is an emergency and services would have to be shut off. The matter will be discussed at a borough council meeting to see if they are interested.

Member Bill Hausman proposed to make a motion for the authority to get an opportunity to review a bid package to avoid any possible issues later before it goes out to the contractors. The motion was passed.

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