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Workers asked to maintain area where mosquitoes breed

Published September 20. 2011 05:01PM

A Weissport resident alerted Weissport Council members that a blocked pipe in a drainage ditch is allowing mosquitoes to breed in an area between the alley and railroad tracks in the western part of town.

Roberta Kunkle said her basement recently flooded - something that had never occurred before - and after investigating, she found that a pipe leading from her property had a rock stuffed in it, causing her sump pump to work continuously.

She then discovered that the ditch needed maintenance and that the pipe leading from the drainage ditch was blocked. This was causing mosquitoes to breed in the stagnant water.

"I know I got lots of mosquito bites," she said.

She tried to clear the mud, but fears that the water is still pooling and running into basements. She also noted that the grass needs cutting.

"The water table is up," said Tim Rehrig, borough council president. "We'll get our workers in there and have them cut and clean up."

Kunkle also asked council for relief from paying the sewer hook up because one side of the rental unit is empty.

Jonathan Troutman, mayor, said it was his understanding that to stop and then reconnect required a hook-up fee which he believed to be $2,500.

Council spent some time discussing the borough maintenance ordinance and enforcement issues with the borough solicitor. Attorney Michael Greek said that enforcement is the hardest part, but it can be accomplished and suggested that a code enforcement officer or engineering firm be hired to handle it. Also the police officer can issue a violation.

Council member Arland Moyer said that the Army Corps of Engineers is pleased with the progress Weissport has made in maintaining the levee. He asked if an easement exists that will allow workers to access the levee through private property.

Council voted to draft a letter to the resident to alert him that workers will be accessing his property to perform maintenance.

Moyer also noted that cameras were run though the storm drains recently and council will get a CD and written report about their condition.

Troutman also asked council to have a fence removed to allow for mowers to have access on borough property and replace the fencing with grating for access with the mower.

A used mower that uses a mixture of gasoline and oil will be purchased for $75

"That is the only type of mower we can use on the levee," said Troutman. "They don't make them anymore"

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