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Croak Hollow paving delayed in Woodward

Supers adopt amendments to sewer ordinance

LOCKPORT — The Croak Hollow paving project scheduled to be completed this year will have to wait until spring of 2020.

The Woodward Township Supervisors announced the news at Tuesday’s meeting after learning that the process to receive their PennDOT Multimodal grant is being held up.

“The state has some paperwork backed up,” Kyle Coleman, chairman of the board of supervisors, said.

The township was awarded the $175,000 grant earlier this year to help pay for the $250,000 paving project.

The grant would be paid for on a reimbursement basis, meaning the project can’t even be started this year, Supervisor Wayne Love said.

However, the grant lasts for two years, giving the township time to complete the project, Love added.

PennDOT will also match funds with the township to cover the remainder of the project, meaning the township will only have to spend $12,500.

When the paving does begin, it will start on Route 664 next to Swissdale United Methodist Church and go to the Farrandsville Road bridge.

The bridge was repaired by PennDOT this summer.

SEWER ORDINANCE

The supervisors amended Chapter 18 of the sewer ordinance involving rules and regulations for grease traps and interceptors.

“When the sewer authority was still intact they were looking to adopt this ordinance, which the city (of Lock Haven) has,” Coleman said.

The city, which provides treatment for the sewage discharge from the township’s sewer system, proposed the rules and regulations to make the process of treatment smoother.

The ordinance focuses mostly on fat, oil and grease (FOG) that could be introduced to the sewer system which can “cause interference with operation of the system or contaminate the resulting sludge, increase the difficulty or cost of operation of the sewer system or reduce the efficiency or effectiveness of the system,” the ordinance reads.

The ordinance focuses on the need for grease traps or interceptors when a property, such as a restaurant, discharges more than 50 mg/L of FOG into the system which can cause an obstruction.

OTHER BUSINESS

In other business the supervisors:

— Discussed sending a letter to Woodward Meadows in regard to the use of flushable wipes. The sewer system has been having issues with clogs and backups due to the amount of wipes in the system, Coleman said.

Coleman initially spoke about looking into updating the sewer codes to ensure there was language banning the use of the wipes.

Solicitor Robert O’Conner suggested the township first send a letter to the Meadows making them aware of the issue first.

“Most people would probably comply with that,” O’Conner said.

The supervisors agreed.

— Updated the township’s Recreation Committee by-laws to allow out-of-township residents on the committee.

The update also ensures there will be a 5-2 split or 4-3 split with township residents always holding the majority of seats, Coleman said.

“We have some new people ready to go,” he said.

Jennifer Hoy, a former township resident and county Register and Recorder, and Lisa White both expressed their interest in joining the committee.

Hoy, wife of former supervisor Brian Hoy, had previously sat on the committee until the couple moved out of the township in 2018.

— Discussed talking with scuba divers who park along Coudersport Pike.

“I’m not against the scuba divers,” Coleman said. “My concern is somewhat a safety issue.”

Currently the divers park along the roadway with their vehicles up against the white boundary line while they put on their equipment and prepare to dive in the Susquehanna River, he said.

Coleman would like the divers to park in the gravel parking lot across the roadway and walk to the river to ensure their safety. He also worries about the bank giving way.

“The safety issue plus the vehicles are parked at the end of the bank and that bank has issues with erosion,” he said. “The weight of those vehicles may not help.”

All three supervisors agreed to discuss the issue with the divers before taking any more action.

— Approved signing up for two Jersey Shore State Bank credit cards to make online purchases.

Some items need to be purchased online and the supervisors would prefer to not have the township bank account attached in the event of it possibly being compromised, Coleman said.

“It’s the safest way to protect the township,” he said.

— Increased sewer employee Mike Stover’s wages to $19.50 per hour after he completed his pump station certification.

Stover will earn the hourly wage and a $200 stipend each month until January 2020 when it increases to $400 a month.

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