Having passed the one-year mark on the lake-side community’s sewer ground-breaking celebration, crews are still at work in Nuangola installing
and activating the system.
At the October 15th Nuangola Borough Sewer Authority meeting Chair Ray Shirk addressed the winding
down of Phase I events. He commented that the project is one
month into Phase I containting approximately 335 houses. About a third, or 122, have been connected, inspected,
approved and are online.
The Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority billed 53 homes for
October 2013. Tap in fees of $ 2,025 have been paid in full for 57 residences. Another 249 homes are due
for payment by Nov.15, Shirk noted, and a payment plan is still in
place for an additional 100 home owners.
On the construction side, Quad3 Project
Engineer Dan Nealon reported that Phase II installation work
is ongoing on Fawn Lane, North End Road and Krell Street, where grinder
pumps are being installed.
The engineer added that a pumping station is required on Fawn Lane, but for now there is no contingency plan. It
was agreed that a manual bypass is needed there. Nealon reported that
project contractor, Wexcon, will submit a change order in the amount of
$4,625 for the new component.
Staying with back-up planning, Shirk stated that there is progress on the
contingency plan for the pumping station at Rice Elementary School. There have been of two pumps and a large
reservoir installed, he said, and either pump is sufficient to power the entire
operation. In addition, there is
a bypass that can be run with a portable pump and a generator by MAJSA. A third option would be to pump
into a truck and dispose of the waste at a dump site.
Financial planning for the $9+ million system is ongoing as well, advised NBSA Treasurer and council member Ted Vancosky. He said
that the government shutdown temporarily stopped the flow of USDA
funding, so it was decided to use
escrow funds in an M&T Bank account to satisfy a ‘bridge’ loan with Fulton Bank in the amount of $$220,000. Also, $2,804.90 in interest
was paid to Fulton Bank. The authority approved a payment of
$536,823.50 to Wexcon for payment request # 12. Vancosky explained that this payment brings the
contract down to a balance of about $1 million out of the original $ 4.4 million bid.
In public comment, authoritymembers
were asked aboutlandscaping and restorationactivities. Some property restorationis incomplete, it was reported andresident Doug Hild asked if accesswill be a problem in one sectionof Vandermark Avenue where anadjacent property owner had tosupply the ingress. Nealon repliedthat he will request permission toallow the landscape crew to accessthose homes through the PinesAssociation.
A resident of Willow GroveAvenue asked when road repairs willtake place. Shirk said that this issuewill be discussed at the next NBSAmeeting. Council President JohnKochan asked for a meeting withQuad3 to review the road restorationplans.