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Monday, May 22, 2017

Borough to check properties for improper stormwater runoff

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by Linda Wojciechowski lwojciechowski@tnonline.com in Local News

In an effort to assess the amount of stormwater runoff that might be flowing into the sewer system on borough properties, public works Supervisor Al Steigerwalt was given approval by the council to access private properties for evaluation. Reducing the amount of water runoff being directed into the sewer system will reduce the demands being put on the system.

Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian drafted a form, which residents will be asked to sign, allowing borough representatives access to their properties. Council approved beginning the project.

Steigerwalt has been conducting core samples of a number of streets in the borough to determine what types of the repairs are appropriate. He is preparing estimates and will present recommendations based on his findings to the council, so a schedule of roadwork can be determined. Roads that will receive heavy truck traffic when a detour for the Coplay-Northampton Bridge construct begins this year will not be improved until after construction of the bridge concludes.

The borough also will be reevaluating the cost of new sewer hookups, called tap-in fees. Approval was given to pay Keystone Consulting Engineers up to $400 to conduct a survey of area municipalities’ fees to see if the borough should adjust its fee. The borough’s fee is thought to be much lower than other municipalities.

A planning committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 7. Annette Englert reported the borough does not have a policy for an escrow account for a large land development projects.

A developer is planning on submitting plans for land development, she said, and is seeking information on the amount of money that should be held in escrow.

Goudsouzian said escrow funds are used to cover the municipal expenses for engineering and legal fees, placed in an account by the developer in advance, so those funds are available to the borough in advance. He will draft a land development escrow agreement resolution for the council’s approval at the Feb. 14 council meeting.

Escrow funds are used by the borough to pay for professional services to review a land development application and for inspection of a project under development.

Also at the meeting, council set July 22 as an electronic recycling day for borough residents.