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Lower Towamensing Townshipto seek bids for sewage plant

Published September 11. 2013 05:39PM

Exactly how much it will cost to sewage Lower Towamensing Township's wastewater treatment plant should soon be known.

By a unanimous vote, the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday agreed to advertise to bid the project. Bids for the project will be opened next month.

Township solicitor Jim Nanovic said the township is looking for a "single entity to provide sewage treatment to the township."

"It would not be a township plant," Nanovic said. "It would be a private plant."

Nanovic noted that Blue Mountain Ski Area is certainly eligible to bid on the township's wastewater treatment plant project.

In July, the Delaware River Basin Commission granted Blue Mountain permission to expand its wastewater treatment plant.

At that time, the DRBC approved the application submitted by Keystone Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Tuthill Corporation, for the renewal of an existing discharge from the ski area wastewater treatment plant.

That approval came as Blue Mountain began preliminary work on its new Summit Splash Water Park, which should be open by May of 2015, and could yield about 40 new full-time jobs.

The approval means the ski area can now expand the facility from being able to treat and discharge 0.06 million gallons per day to 0.28 million gallons per day. The expanded plant will now consist of three communitors/bar screens, a surge tank, five aeration tanks, five clarifiers, four sludge storage tanks, two chlorine contact tanks, and two post aeration tanks.

The wastewater treatment plant will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Aquashicola Creek at River Mile 183.66-36.32-5.73 (Delaware River, Lehigh River, Aquashicola Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the section of the nontidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County.

The project facilities are not located in the 100-year floodplain. Waste sludge will continued to be hauled off-site by a licensed hauler for disposal at a state-approved facility.

The overall cost of Blue Mountain's project is estimated to be $1,224,180.

In other business, supervisors:

• Approved revised plans for Blue Mountain Resort's eventual Summit Splash Water Park.

• Agreed to spend an amount not to exceed $4,000 to repair the township's green single axle truck

• Awarded a quote to Strohl's Auto Body in the amount of $1,733 for repairs to the township's red pickup truck.

• Accepted the change of position for Robert Balch from part-time employee to casual employee.

• Approved the Caron Associates/Stabler plan, and to grant three waivers that were requested back in May of 2011.

• Granted AT&T an extension until Dec. 31, 2013.

• Granted Barbara Fisher a garbage exemption at 20 Serfass Lane, Palmerton.

• Announced that a budget workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

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