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Hardships expected in replacement of water line

Published May 27. 2011 05:01PM

The eventual replacement of a water line in a section of Palmerton could cause hardships.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson informed borough council on Thursday that work to replace the water line in the 200 and 300 blocks of Lehigh Avenue, and pave the 200-400 blocks of Lehigh Avenue, could get dicey.

"It's going to be a logistical nightmare getting everybody to switch over," Danielson said. "It's going to be a mess over there."

As a result, Danielson suggested that council hold one or several public information sessions to discuss the project.

"It's going to disrupt people's routines this summer," he said. "It could be problematic for a lot of people."

Danielson said once the blocks are closed down, vehicles will have to be removed so that work can be done. The project is expected to begin by late-summer, early-fall, he said.

The borough will pay for the project from its allotment of Community Development Block Grant funds.

In February, Judy Borger, Carbon County director of planning and development, told council the borough could receive $115,640 in CDBG funds. Of that, she said $98,000 will be used toward the project, while the other $17,640 will go toward administrative costs.

However, Borger cautioned at that time that the amount of CDBG funds the borough receives could change due to an overall reduction in CDBG funding.

The borough is among five entitlement communities that will receive CDBG funding, said Borger.

Danielson previously said the borough designated its CDBG funds in 2009 to pave those blocks. Since then, he said the borough received another $31,000 that was set aside to make the areas handicapped accessible.

Also on Thursday, Councilman Kris Hoffner asked if the borough has an action plan in place in the event of a tornado.

Hoffner said that in light of the tornado that occurred in Franklin Township Monday evening, it would be wise of the borough to have some sort of code to inform residents of any potential threat.

Councilman Richard Nothstein suggested that perhaps the borough could have its siren go off three times, followed by a signal.

Danielson said the matter was something the borough could review further.

In other business, council:

• Agreed, on a 6-0 vote, with one abstention, to hire Felecia Strauch, Zach Fehnel, Kyle Behler and Jourdan Reinhart as summer employment. Councilman Jason Behler abstained. Fehnel, who worked in the same capacity last summer, will receive $7.75 an hour, while Strauch, Behler and Reinhart will be paid $7.25 an hour.

• Approved the Sickonic subdivision.

• Approved a request by Kidder Township for police assistance.

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