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Weissport adopts storm water ordinance to comply with DEP

Published March 08. 2011 05:00PM

Weissport Council adopted an ordinance on Monday that complies with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection efforts to control storm water runoff in small communities.

Mayor Jonathan Troutman's continued efforts to work out the issue met completion with the adoption of the ordinance. The new ordinance regulates storm water runoff from washing harmful pollutants into local surface waters such as streams, rivers, lakes or coastal waters.

DEP required Weissport to adopt the storm water management program (SWMP) to not only reduce the contamination of storm water runoff, but to control erosion and prohibit illicit discharges from homes and businesses within the community.

Former Weissport Mayor Tina Hagenbuch attended Monday's meeting and requested under the Right to Know Act that she would like to view the police procedure manual for Weissport Police Department. She also reminded council that it needs to appoint an emergency management coordinator and to adopt an emergency plan for the borough. She also noted that the Fort Allen Apartments are using garbage cans and that the cans and garbage are being blown into the streets.

Council President Tim Rehrig asked Hagenbuch to fill out a form and he would have the secretary meet her request.

A resident of Prospect Street asked council to look into the issue of the sidewalk ordinance because his neighbor's property is missing the sidewalk. The same man noted that the borough garbage hauler is only half emptying garbage cans and that the remaining trash is blown throughout the neighborhood.

Dennis Moser, borough worker, asked council to consider purchasing a used weed whacker because the present tool is worn out. Council voted to purchase a used weed whacker for $200. Moser also noted that council also needs to think about purchasing another lawn mower because the present mower needs major repairs.

Council also approved having the police radios converted to to low band frequency at an approximate cost of $100 a radio.

Rehrig asked how many were needed, but other council members suggested to have all the radios converted so that there is a spare when one fails.

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