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Parryville on hot seat again regarding Act 537 planning

Published June 30. 2011 05:01PM

Parryville Council was put on alert again to comply with Pennsylvania Sewage Act 537, which forces communities to correct existing sewage disposal problems and prevent future problems. The act, enacted Jan. 24, 1966, requires proper planning in all types of sewage disposal situations. Local municipalities are largely responsible for administering the Act 537 sewage facilities program.

But Parryville does not have funds to do so.

Apparently a resident wrote a letter complaining that raw sewage was seeping and sent a copy of letter to the Department of Environmental Protection.

Attorney Michael Greek said that council must take action to comply by either hooking in to a system, putting in their own system or making residents responsible.

"You need to look at all your options," said Greek. "You need to look at the budget and begin planning."

Parryville Council secretary plans to send out reminders to the 24 percent of the residents who have not paid their garbage bills. She said she will alert them that if bills are not paid by the end of July that their bill will be in penalty range.

Council president Mike Grant said that the Main Street road project is slated to be put on bid through a block grant. He noted that the Carbon County Commissioners are preparing the paperwork.

Council adopted a Tax Payer Bill of Rights by resolution. The resolution informs taxpayers of their rights relating to conflicts with payment.

Council also plans to install weigh limit signs on Fireline roads and Harrity roads to eliminate the heavy truck traffic that is using the small back roads for short cuts.

"These roads were never meant to take the weight of large trucks," said Grant.

Grant said the weight limit will be restricted to 12,000 pounds or less which will eliminate the heaviest of trucks from using the roadways.

Grant also noted that several roads in the borough need sealing. He said that traffic and water have caused some roads to split in the middle. Grant said that he plans to get an estimate on the repairs to see whether the project will require additional estimates or whether council needs to put the project out for bid.

Council also gave approval to hold a Community Yard sale on July 8 and 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine and involves 18 families on Center and Main streets.

Council also noted that it is time to advertise for garbage bids. The garbage contract expires on Dec. 31, 2011.

Council also voted to hire Barry Isett to enforce the junkyard ordinance in the borough. All properties with unmowed grass and unsightly junk will be addressed.

Greek also noted that a clear deed has not been found for the property adjacent to the borough building. Greek said that the property may be part of the council building property, but his office has not found proof. The property previously had been owned by the fire department before it became council chambers 21 years ago.

Greek said that council could likely move forward in planning the building of the cinder storage shed without the deed. He said that the property is approximately 60 feet by 100 feet.

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