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Bonser Drive flooding in Chestnuthill still has no resolution

Published January 11. 2012 05:01PM

Chris McDermott, Chestnuthill Township engineer, reported that in the past month, the township revisited the Bonser Drive property of Ms. Morales and a deep soil probe was done. It was determined that the soil is tighter, finer and a claylike soil.

"It doesn't bode well for what we thought we could do. We need to see what the soils are in the surrounding areas before we can come up with any kind of a solution," he said. There has been severe flooding in this area.

"I could have told you that 30 years ago," Ms. Morales said. "I think you should put a pipe in to channel the water to the 715 creek. This has become a health problem and my grandkids are getting sick. What can be done? Can't you apply for a grant?"

Township manager David Albright said that they could apply for a grant from the gaming commission and Supervisor Chairman Chuck Gould added that the township would need to have all its investigation done before they could apply for a grant.

Supervisor Dave Fleetwood addressed Ms. Morales.

"We want to help you, but you need to get the other three neighbors to give us permission to come on their property to do the testing," said Fleetwood.

The board voted 3-0 to have Albright write a letter to send those neighbors to ask again for permission to the soil probe.

In other business, Albright requested a sentence be removed from an ordinance regarding the 911 renaming and readdressing of streets that was passed at the December meeting. It is the second sentence from Section II, C, Item 1 of Ordinance 2011-03. It concerns the measurements of the signage.

He was granted authorization to advertise the date and time when the request will be presented to the board on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

The board voted (3-0) to cancel the Jan. 17 supervisors' meeting and hold a bill pay only meeting on Jan. 16 at 7:30 a.m. The board will hear a request to authorize a release of a letter of credit for a draw down request from Kinsley's Market.

There will be no supervisors' meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7. There will be a pay only meeting on Monday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 a.m.

There will be a work session on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. on the emergency access gate on a PPL-constructed emergency access road on Valley View Drive with representatives from Indian Mountain Lakes Civic Association and Top-of-the-World Terrace Birch Hollow Estates.

Representatives for the Regency Plaza requested the supervisors' approval of a preliminary plan. Helen Beers, the township's sewage enforcement officer said she could not sign off without the soil being retested.

Also, the township engineer said that something must be on the plan about sidewalks, which is missing.

The supervisors voted (3-0) to table the issue.

There will be no Chestnuthill Township Historical Society meeting the month of January.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the township park building.

Bernie Kozen, executive director of West End Park and Open Space Commission, reported that over 200 kids visited with Santa Claus at an event held at the park on Dec. 9 with participation from the West End Vol. Fire Co.

Upcoming programs will be sled riding at Pleasant Valley Intermediate School on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and people can obtain discounted ski tickets to all area ski resorts. If interested, call (570) 992-9733.

In a report from Donald Zipp, the township's emergency services coordinator, it stated that West End Vol. Fire Co. responded to 99 calls and West End Ambulance responded to 127 calls in the month of December. The Pennsylvania State Police responded to 284 calls in Chestnuthill in December.

Zipp asked to have Ronald Eick appointed to the Emergency Management Team because his experience as a deputy sheriff would be an asset in the township's goal of providing for the health, safety and welfare of the residents. He was appointed, 3-0.

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