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Pine Grove Township Authority

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- Reichert and Lehman met with ..., 7 Nov 2013 [cached]
- Reichert and Lehman met with Pine Grove Township's Joint Treatment Authority member, John Stahl, on Sept. 4 to discuss the area where the old sewer plant is located.
Pine Grove Township Authority ..., 25 July 2013 [cached]
Pine Grove Township Authority Chairman John Stahl, however, reminded the members that the hydrologist may have also received some items for clarification. He noted that one of the tests is only done at certain labs, with the nearest one in Connecticut, except for DEP's own lab in Wilkes-Barre. One of the DEP employees, he said, offered his assistance, but he has not heard from him.
Stahl agreed, noting that if the system is turned over to the county, rates will definitely increase.
In the meantime, Stahl said Wiest has hurriedly prepared a lease and sales agreement for Charles Miller, the owner of the property, to sign.
According to Stahl, the authority would pay $1 per year until the sub-division is finalized.
The authority is purchasing three acres of Miller's 33-acre tract located behind Arby's which is currently for sale, and will be, said Stahl, more valuable with public water.
During the June water leak, Stahl also noticed a problem with the back-up generator on Well No. 1, and when the leak was located, a request was made to DEP to continue the use of Well #2 even though the boil water advisory would remain in effect. According to Stahl, the parts for the generator have been rebuilt and new gages were scheduled to be installed on July 19. Water samples will be taken and delivered to a Pottsville lab for testing. "Hopefully," said Stahl, "the boil water will be lifted and we'll be back on Well #1 with a backup generator.
"Nothing is going out unless I'm aware of it," said Stahl, adding, however that the villagers should not expect daily communications from him, nor even weekly as one man suggested. "When you get a boil water notice, you abide by it until you get another notice with my signature on it. Stahl noted also that the only action he would defend would be what is under his signature.
A resident also noted her concerns about her elderly mother using the water since she has a compromised immune system. According to Stahl, the manganese in the system is coating the inside of the pipes, but it can be caught in home filters. "If we had $80,000, we'd fix it and you wouldn't need home filters," said Stahl, and that is the intention, he said, to look for another grant for sand filters once the upgrade is completed.
The installation of seven fire hydrants is part of the upcoming project at a cost of $5,500 each. Stahl noted the locations which, he said, require an 8-inch line.
According to Stahl, anyone living within 600 feet of a hydrant should get the best property insurance rate.
Although Stahl did not disagree, he recommended it be done following construction and six months of operation. The new system, he said, will change the cost of electricity since the delivery system will be by gravity and the pump will only be working 10 hours per day to feed the tank. There will be an entirely new operating system to evaluate, said Stahl. He added, however, there is a need to build a reserve account for the future.
Stahl reminded members that an appraiser must be hired to appraise the property.
- A discussion concerning the fire alert system for Waterbridge was discussed, as well as the recommendations given to the facility's owners.
- Stahl also reported on an inexpensive fix he put together for managing water levels in the tank. After purchasing about $150 worth of parts, he said he designed a circuit and it's ready to install.
PGJTA Board Members, 11 Feb 2013 [cached]
John Stahl
Others are from left, James Morgan, ..., 4 July 2013 [cached]
Others are from left, James Morgan, president of the Swatara Village Property Owners Association; Diane Tobin, Pine Grove Township supervisor; and John Stahl, chairman of the Pine Grove Township Authority.
"As we sit here tonight, the goal would be to find this water loss," said John Stahl, chairman of the Pine Grove Township Authority.
The authority already spent about $15,000 to perform tests and the additional requirement to meet guidelines is not something the authority planned on, Stahl said.
He said they did not know about the requirements previously. The hydrogeologist submitted a plan to DEP previously, Stahl said.
He said he was scheduled to meet with a hydrogeologist June 28 to discuss the requirements from DEP.
Stahl shows the pipe that broke ..., 6 July 2013 [cached]
Stahl shows the pipe that broke and caused the water problems.
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Andy Matsko/staff photos John Stahl, chairman of the Pine Grove Township Authority, checks the valves in the pump house of well number 2 on Friday at Swatara Village.
John Stahl, chairman of the Pine Grove Township Authority, said Friday that a leak was found in a pipe only about 100 feet from the well. It was repaired earlier this week, he said.
"The problem itself isn't extraordinary but because of the people that live in these communities, it has gotten a lot of attention," Stahl said. "It's tough because sometimes they don't understand the advisory."
The well will not be put into operation, however, until two separate tests, 24 hours apart, are completed, as required by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Stahl also said a backup generator is being repaired, which needs to be done before the well is turned back on.
Stahl said he hopes to have residents drinking the water again sometime next week.
He said an eight-inch sewer line was found crossing right over the three-inch water line where the leak was found.
"The pressure over the years eventually caused it to crack, who knows when," Stahl said. "This well could no longer keep up with the loss of water."
Even after fixing the leak, Stahl said the well, which holds 35,000 gallons, may still be approaching its limit.
"We've been spending a lot of time and money trying to get a reliable second source online," Stahl said.
DEP granted approval to temporarily use a second well in the village for bathing, washing clothes or flushing toilets, but it can only be used for drinking after boiling the water.
The second well, which holds 70,000 gallons, is still waiting on an operation permit from DEP.
"Unfortunately, we've been in that process with DEP for about a year and half," Stahl said.
Stahl said the well was drilled about eight years ago but when the township took over the retirement village in 2011, it had to reapply for the permit.
"We didn't hear from DEP until Thursday," Stahl said.
Before the second well can go into full operation, Stahl said it must run 5,000 gallons through a filter and have a DEP lab analyze it.
He said a decision has yet to be made if the communities want to stay on the second well or switch back to the first one, which can supply about half as much water. Stahl said he hopes to have public participation taken into consideration before a decision is made.
Meanwhile, the township is moving forward with plans to install a 100,000-gallon tank across Route 443 as a reserve for the system. The tank would hold a three-day reserve supply for the system.
"The tank gives us extra capacity to meet our current demand and if it goes well, we won't have to worry about a storm. If anything fails, we still have water," Stahl said.
Stahl said the plan also includes extending the water line 4,000 feet and putting seven fire hydrants in the area. Construction is set to begin July 12 and a state H20 Grant is being used to fund the project.
"Hopefully, in the next three or four months, we have the tank and those pipes put in," Stahl said.
Not only would this decrease fire insurance for residents and nearby businesses, Stahl also said it could encourage commercial development in the area.
"Development is still waiting on public water supply. Before coming in, (businesses) would always ask 'Do you have a public water supply?' That always kills the deal," Stahl said. "It's essential to hook up the businesses and extend across the road."
All the businesses in the area, including restaurants and three hotels, had to drill their own wells for water, Stahl said.
The borough almost extended its water lines into the township several years ago.
After the Pine Grove area was hit hard by several storms in 2006, about $1 million federal grant was available for the project, Stahl said. He also said McDonald's was going to contribute $20,000 to the project and the Hampton Inn, which was still under construction at the time, would have contributed the $50,000 it cost to drill its own well.
"The borough refused to cooperate and someone else got the money," Stahl said.
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