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Another Well Likely Needed In Laceyville

Laceyville Borough is likely looking at drilling another well to meet its water needs, according to Councilman Tim Shotwell, who serves as the borough’s water superintendent. “We’ve had a couple setbacks,” Shotwell said, adding that the borough probably will have to abandon a well it drilled just off Church Street that was intended to replace an ailing well that serves as the borough’s main source of water. A meeting has been set for April 21 at the Laceyville Fire Hall with Senator Lisa Baker, Representative Sandra Major, DEP and borough officials and others to discuss a course of action, Shotwell said. The new well, which has never been placed in service, has been found to have high levels of solids and chlorides, Shotwell said. “It would cost a lot of money to install the equipment to treat the water, and it’s very costly to buy chemicals to treat it.” Shotwell also pointed out that the well, which has never been connected to the borough’s water system, is on the wrong side of Route 6 to inexpensively connect it to the system. Laceyville’s water problems date back to Christmas 2007, when the town’s only well began to fail. Since then council’s paid to have the troubled well fixed and drilled a new well near the Braintrim Baptist Church parking lot in the summer of 2009, but now the new well has been found to have the previously mentioned problems. Shotwell says he plans to propose at the April 21 meeting that council either drill the existing well deeper or drill another well adjacent to it. “It’s getting to the point where I don’t care if we’re in the same aquifer as the existing well,” Shotwell said. “I’m looking for an alternate source for getting water to the reservoir.” The situation is complicated by the fact that Shotwell and others know that the existing well could fail again at any time without much warning. “If that pump lays down due to electrical or mechanical problems,” Shotwell said, “the borough would have enough water in its reservoir to last just three to four days. If we punch a deeper well or put in another well, at least we would have another source for getting water to the reservoir.” Shotwell said a second well could like be located about 30 feet from the existing one, but he needs to discuss that more with DEP officials and others. Along with discussing current water problems at the upcoming meeting, Shotwell said he plans to outline the history of the frustrating efforts to solve the problem to Major and Baker, which basically boils down to little or no progress being made over three years. “We’re pretty much at the same place today that we were at three years ago,” Council President Don VanDeMark said. Shotwell agreed in part with VanDeMark. “We’ve made some progress,” Shotwell said, “but not beneficial progress.” Other business at Tuesday night’s meeting included: —Welcoming Matt Harper to the meeting. Harper has volunteered to be an appointee to one of two currently vacant council seats. —Awarding the borough’s lawn mowing contracts to Walter Sutton for Donovan Park at $80 per mowing and Shane Fryer for Waterworks Park ($35) and Rotary Park, ($55). —Agreeing to contact Clark Brothers regarding some immediate pothole patching needed throughout the borough. — Hearing from VanDeMark that a borough resident has offered to donate property where playground equipment could be placed. Last month council received a query regarding whether it might be interested in obtaining the playground equipment from the Laceyville Elementary School, which will close after this year. Council seemed excited over the land donation offer and also learned since last month that insurance coverage could be provided for the equipment under its current policy. An existing house and mobile home on the property will need to be removed. —Hearing from Councilman Richard Rodgers that the Cleaner and Greener Project he spearheads each spring with his wife, Karen, is progressing nicely and will take place on Saturday, May 7. This year’s project will include picking up litter in Laceyville Borough, along Route 6 between Wyalusing and Laceyville and throughout the streets of Wyalusing Borough. — Learning that Penelec has planned a power outage that will take place in the borough on April 11 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. — Hearing from Phil Wurzler at the beginning of the meeting about drainage problems near his home that result from plugged storm sewers and a need for deeper ditches. Rodgers said he would contact Bob Clark and Sons regarding the problem. — Hearing from Police Sgt. Lloyd Overfield that he was recently asked for directions to Niagara Falls by some travelers who told Overfield their GPS had them located about 10 minutes away from the falls. —Giving Secretary Mary Tyler the okay to change the way the police department expenses and income are entered in the borough records. She said the change will substantially cut the time it takes to enter the information and she has Mayor Ken Patton’s approval to make the change. Patton heads the police department. Council also gave Tyler the okay to replace some aging filing cabinets. —Requesting that Sgt. Overfield find the person who has been leaving empty 16 oz. beer cans on the roadway leading to the borough reservoir. “It’s a mess,” Shotwell said. — Hearing from Sgt. Overfield that there have been no incidents involving bath salts in the borough that he’s been made aware of. Council was given a sample ordinance to use as a model to ban bath salts in the borough, but opted to table the matter for the time being. — Agreeing to delay a proposal to paint center lines and parking spaces on borough streets until pothole repairs are completed. Mayor Patton and Lorraine Brewer were absent from Tuesday night’s meeting.

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