Last updated: January 22. 2014 11:09PM - 1971 Views
By Susan Bettinger Times Leader Correspondent

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HARVEYS LAKE — Concerns about a privately owned dam were aired at Tuesday night’s borough council meeting.

“This (the dam) is such a vital part of Harveys Lake that it cannot be controlled by one person,” Lakeside Drive resident John Halbing said.

Halbing also said the dam should be “out of private control” and the borough, the state or other organization should be put in charge of it.

Resident Santo Agati said he wanted to know if someone was monitoring and logging in calls from the affected properties. Council President Michell’e Boice said anyone who calls the borough office about the matter is told to contact DEP, which can properly address those concerns.

Boice said residents who have questions or concerns about the dam issue can contact DEP representative in Harrisburg Duke Adams at 717-783-7997 or local director Colleen Connolly at 570-826-2035.

State Department of Environmental Protection representatives who were scheduled to speak about the dam at the meeting were unable to attend due to the weather.

The DEP representatives were going to address concerns about the dam’s impact on the lake’s water level and potential flooding issues. The representatives stated they will make the trip at a later date, when weather conditions permit.

In another matter, former council member Larry Radel asked why the borough’s engineering firm has been changed from Penn Eastern to Borton-Lawson. Boice said the matter was “put to a vote and it passed.”

Also, council voted to refinance an existing sewer authority loan, resulting in a much lower interest rate.

Newly elected Councilman Daniel Blaine reported that the new council is going to keep a “very tight reign” on the budget, and that it will be gone over thoroughly each month.

Blaine also said council will be meeting monthly with the mayor, police chief and the roads department manager about the borough’s finances.

The next council meeting will be on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

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