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Weissport escapes civil penalties

Published June 17. 2014 05:00PM

Weissport escaped paying civil penalties which would have been imposed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency because the borough has failed to comply with the federal agency's orders.

EPA has ordered Weissport to comply with its latest request within 30 days. The tiny community is being required to adopt a stormwater ordinance, which provides for public outreach, education and documentation within the community.

Attorney Mike Greek recommended that council members adopt the sample ordinance provided by the EPA before the end of the month.

"A provision is that we must keep a log and document anything we see," said Weissport Mayor Jonathan Troutman. "We do keep records of how many hours we spend maintaining the levee, but they want what we do and see documented."

Troutman said, "They want us to have our employees trained and provide outreach to the community."

Troutman said that he and another council member, Arland Moyer, recently met with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and they were pleased with the borough's attempts to maintain the levee.

"The problem the EPA has is that we failed to document it," said Troutman.

Council President Gene Kershner said, "We have not seen any abnormal discharge or abnormal smells."

"While we haven't, but we would have to report if we saw oil," said Troutman. "We wouldn't be in trouble, but the source of the oil would be."

Council voted to adopt the municipal stormwater ordinance at a special meeting to be held at 6 p.m. June 26.

Council also discussed the McCall Bridge construction project.

Paulette Watson, council member, said she has received complaints from a resident. She said that the White Street resident has noted that a large amount of debris from the bridge has been landing on his property.

"It's landing in my pool, too," Kershner said.

Troutman suggested that he and Kershner visit the area under construction and discuss the debris dropping complaints with the bridge supervisor.

"We have to get through the next 90 days and move on," Troutman said.

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