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Residents shoveling snow into streets may be cited

Published December 17. 2013 05:00PM

Several key topics, including the possible ticketing of borough residents, were covered Monday at Slatington's Water/Sewer/Highway Workshop Committee meeting.

After complimenting the borough road crew for its upkeep of the streets during last weekend's snowfall, highway Committee Chairman Galen Freed noted that some residents have been blatantly throwing snow into the streets while shoveling.

Freed noted that there is legislation on the books prohibiting that action and said that, for future storms, "We will be ticketing individuals who do that."

Earlier, in regard to water, Chairman Bryon Reed commented that, "Last week was a really, really busy week".

Reed explained that last Wednesday, a gentleman from The Roberts Filter Group had come up from the Philadelphia area to look at the water filtration plant's control panel, which had problems that led to last week's borough request for residents to conserve water.

He noted that a short in a solenoid had caused a circuit board to burn in the Roberts panel. However, he said that water plant operator, Steve Martinez, had been asked to purchase extra circuit board cards several years ago and so had some on hand to replace two of them.

Reed said everything is now OK and that the conservation request has been lifted.

Borough council President Daniel Stevens noted that Martinez was to be commended, especially since he had been on vacation, but came into the plant several days anyway to assist with the repair.

Later, under Sewer, Reed noted that an operator at Lehigh County Authority, to which Slatington's sludge is hauled, had once mentioned he was willing to come look at the waste water treatment plant with Reed.

Reed said that when he called Bill Hammerstrom, he had volunteered to come up with two men, who perform maintenance at LCA's plant, to look over the borough plant with two of its operators. He said the men from LCA did not seem to think the six-foot "mat" in the primary digester, discussed at Slatington Borough Authority's Nov. 25 meeting, was of dire importance and also said that many of the problems the plant faces, such as lid leaks, are not uncommon at other plants.

However, he said they did recommend that a cannon mixer, that has been setting unused for at least a year-and-a-half, be installed.

In other news, solicitor Ed Healy presented a trickling filter project schedule for next year that includes a prebid meeting Jan. 7; bids opening Jan. 20; an award on Jan. 27; the start of construction by March 1; and a final completion date no later than June 1.

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