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Meadow Ave. residents upset over ongoing sewer work

Published October 19. 2011 05:02PM

Several residents who live on Meadow Avenue were unhappy at last month's Rush Township board of supervisors meeting when a 2-1 majority approved a 120-day contract extension to replace a sewer line on their street. At Tuesday's meeting of this month, the municipal building ran out of parking.

The ongoing construction of installing the sewer line has left Meadow Avenue covered in stones, dirt and other debris. Resident Terry Mashack claimed she breaths in dust every time she walks out her front door.

According to the engineer's report from Benesch, recent heavy rains caused a basement to flood in one home on Meadow Avenue because of the work to replace the sewer line.

The only thing Vice Chairman Shawn Gilbert had to say about voting against the extension last month was, "A contract is a contract."

One crowd member wanted to know why the board hired this contractor to do the work.

"Everything in this country, in this state, in this county," Supervisor Robert J. Leibensperger said, "has to be done according to the law. The law states you have to put out bids for construction. If we would've awarded it to somebody else charging us more, [the current contactor] could have sued us." Other people also wanted their questions answered, so Leibensperger offered to do his best to address their issues about Meadow Avenue after the meeting.

Also addressed, the Rush Township Fire Police will help with the Tamaqua Halloween Parade on Tuesday Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. with a rain date of Oct. 26.

The board also conditionally approved the final subdivision plan for Robert and Andrea Dunn's property, owners of the Hometown Farmers Market. There is no intended use for the property; however, renovating it to accommodate parking has been mentioned.

Last month, the Northeastern Schuylkill Joint Municipal Authority (NESJMA) accepted Daniel J. Metzger's resignation letter, and yesterday evening Arthur D. Zeplin was appointed to the NESJMA Board for a five-year term.

Next board of supervisors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in the municipal building.

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