NUANGOLA — Borough Council continued discussion about the installation phase of the new sewer system Tuesday night as council Chairman John Kochan cited what he called a duplication of work involving the placement of grinder pumps on residential property.
The work — as is being executed now — will result in homeowners having to engage in duplicate excavation and sustain an extra cost at the time of tap-in into the system, he said. That’s unfair, Kochan said.
But sewer authority Chairman Ray Shirk said contractor Wexcon is following the system’s design. Those people who have a problem with the project, or have experienced any damage to their on-site systems, should contact project engineer Dan Loughran at the Quad3 Group in Wilkes-Barre, he said.
Councilman Ted Vancosky, who is authority treasurer, in his report said Wexcon has completed 29 percent of its phase of the project at an expenditure of $1.3 million. Doli, which is installing the pipeline between the borough and the Mountain Top area sewage treatment plant, is 44 percent complete with its work, and has been paid $461,000, he said.
Vancosky also said $670,000 has been spent for the delivery of 267 grinder pumps.
In other discussion:
* Steve Beryla, zoning officer, reported two rundown dwellings, 17 Vandermark Ave. and 3 Summit St., might have to be scheduled for demolition.
* Chuck Gutton was approved to fill a vacancy on the zoning hearing board; Leila Tucker was chosen as an alternate. John DiRico was elected to the planning commission.
* Councilwoman Regina Plodwick said she has learned 67 acres of Earth Conservancy land in the east end is being considered for residential development. Reports of potential of development coinciding with the sewer system might create the need for the borough to revise its zoning laws, Kochan said.
* Sewer authority Secretary Sally DiRico said delinquent notices have been mailed erroneously to residents over expenses for wastewater pumping. Councilman Joe Tucker said there was a flaw in the system that will be rectified.
* Kochan convened an executive session of council for business that was stated as the Milnes Engineering litigation and another pending litigation case that Kochan and solicitor Dan Lanza declined to discuss.