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Resident complains of sewer water in house

Published October 12. 2010 05:00PM

At Slatington's regular meeting of council held Monday evening Robin Schmall, of Slatington, said that she's been having severe issues with M F Ronca and Sons Inc. since Sept. 23. She said that sewer water has been coming out of her pipes and that raw sewage went into her family room in her basement because workers forgot to cap the line to her home.

Ronca sent a cleaning crew to clean the basement's carpet, but since then there has still been flooding problems, two sinkholes formed in Schmall's front yard and the basement has been deemed uninhabitable due to bacteria from the sewage. Ted Stevenson, of Spotts, Stevens and McCoy, said that he has a construction meeting with Ronca on Wednesday morning and that he will talk to them then.

As far as water rates, council discussed making it so that each apartment in the borough is billed for a minimum amount of water, like each homeowner in the borough is billed. As it stands now, each apartment complex is just paying one minimum.

"Make it fair for every person in this borough," Mel Gildner, of Slatington, said. "Apartments and homes should pay the same."

In other business, council granted Livengood Excavating a 30 day extension for their contract for the Slatington Memorial Park Project, and they voted to appoint Denise Smith to the vacant spot on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Council voted to purchase two tasers and four taser holders for the Slatington Police Department for an amount not to exceed $1,750, and Councilman Paul Hoffman announced that the Slatington Police Department was awarded a matching grant for $3,900 for 13 bulletproof vests.

Les Glanz, of Northern Lehigh Future Focus, informed Council about a Transportation Improvement Program. $3.3 million of federal money will be administered through PennDOT for projects that emphasize pedestrians and/or bicycles, but applications have to be in by Nov. 8.

"I'm favoring the period street lighting. It will revitalize the borough," Glanz said.

Council voted to have Stevenson fill out an application to put $500,000 worth of period street lighting (similar to the lights on the new General Morgan Bridge) on Main Street.

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