Dalton council discusses storm water options


By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal



DALTON — Borough officials discussed areas where storm water draingage is an issue on Aug. 11.

Council member Bill Brandt recently talked with borough engineer John Seamans to see if there are any alternatives to open ditches in order to pipe storm water from Courtright Street to Miles Street.

In a letter, Seamans wrote the purpose of road ditches is to drain the road sub-base of ground water and storm water, so that it will prevent cracks in the pavement. Brandt read one of the alternatives of designing a storm water piping system using a contractor’s bid.

“The project that John (Seamans) looked at with the piping from the top of Courtright Street down would run us a total of a little under $60,000 (actually $53,228),” said Brandt. “He (Seamans) is confident that the open ditch (method) will work.”

Dalton Council President Gus Vlassis asked if the Department of Public Works could perform this project. Brandt said they would need special equipment and it would cost about $55,000.

Zoning officer Jared Gard made a suggestion to allow residents to pay for the pipe and council can provide the labor. He said that that’s what he did at is home in Huntington Woods.

During public comment, Charles Drive resident Rick Loman expressed concerns about his property’s ditch, which has a three-foot slope.

“Since it’s my property, if somebody gets hurt, that puts me liable,” he said.

Loman also said that his pipes are now exposed, saying that it will freeze during the winter.

Vlassis replied, “We have to do more study. We have to do more talking about this. This is not a dead issue.”

Then, Dalton resident Holly Doenges, who lives in the corner of Charles Drive and Courtright Street, told the board that she has a four-foot ditch in the corner of her property. She said that she doesn’t think that an open ditch would be a solution.

“The pipe that went under the road was raised, and it did not take the water away,” she said. “It flowed up on the road causing an ice rink. They (DPW) did put a new pipe, and it does seem in the right place and it’s working. I think they (DPW) fixed a big part of it, which means we don’t need to build a (open) ditch. I think here are cheaper solutions that would work.”

Brandt said the council will look into solutions.

In other business, the board voted to pass an ordinance requiring a permit for large gatherings, which applies to events that gather more than 250 people.

The council also passed a resolution in which the council president and other officials can enter into a leasing contract with community leasing partners, First National Community Bank (FNCB), regarding the lease of a new police car and the equipment that goes with it.

The council also approved a resolution in which the council president and other officials to enter into a local shared grant agreement in contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding Project 63915 (police car purchase) in the amount of $89,718.

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By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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