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Weissport Council concerned about storm water drainage pipe

Published September 07. 2012 05:02PM

An underground storm water drainage pipe is causing concern in Weissport.

Weissport council member Arland Moyer announced at a recent council meeting that an underground storm water drainage pipe must be replaced as soon as possible.

Mayor Jonathan Troutman said that he believes council could buy the pipe and rent a machine to do the work.

Council members have been worried for months that the pipe is in danger of collapsing. The collapsing pipe carries excess storm water through town to drain into the Lehigh River.

"It's a high priority," said Troutman.

Since all of Weissport is in a flood zone, borough officials take a problem such as a collapsed pipe seriously.

Moyer said that a mini excavator should be utilized to a do the excavating.

Sue Pywar, council vice president, said that she is not planning to apply for grant funds to repair the tennis court. She noted that the cost is estimated at $60,000 and she said she cannot justify asking for funds for a tennis court when there are so many other more pressing needs for funding.

Council president Gene Kershner said that the tennis courts were installed during the late 1097s at cost of $15,000 to $17,000.

Council will hold a budget meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 29.

Weissport has applied for renewal of the MS4 permit. The permit is due for renewal in September.

Council is advertising for a new sewer authority board member. Anyone interested in serving in the position is asked to write a letter of intent to borough council at 440 Allen St., Weissport.

Council continued discussing the purchase of a tar buggy. Council has the option of purchasing four pallets of tar at a cost of $5,076 and getting the tar buggy for free or purchasing the tar buggy at a cost of $1,643.78 and then purchasing the tar as needed. Council usually uses one pallet of tar a year.

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