Elkland borough council took action during the June 10 Zoom meeting to post a sign at the pump house against trespassing.
The posting came after council members noted liability with local youths jumping from the structure south of Main Street, into the Cowanesque River. The water level is low making the activity unsafe; the Elkland Swimming Pool will not be open this season making the river location more attractive.
The sewer treatment facility is receiving a new roof. More damage was found beyond the scope of the original agreement with Miller Construction. Repairs will be made as necessary and billed at the end of the project. The roof gables are reported to be rotted and the contractor recommends repairing it.
Council agreed to pay $2,000 to Adrenaline Cutting of Knoxville to remove six ash trees along Sheldonia Avenue. Work will begin as soon as the insurance information is received from the company. A box elder tree on Second Street may be removed as well.
Council agreed to move forward with sludge removal at the borough’s sewer treatment facility, a maintenance requirement by the Department of Environmental Protection. It cost the borough 18 cents per gallon removed; the money is budgeted. Tri County Spreading of Paxinos was contracted to do the removal.
Councilman Aaron Smith said he learned that the Department of Environmental Protection would return to check on a report that the borough had bypassed the influent pump station and discharged to the Cowanesque River. However, Smith said there was no existing bypass and that information indicated that it was blocked off in 2008.
He went on to explain that during the flooding of 2018, a bypass would have kept sewage out of resident’s basements but no bypass could be found then. It is unclear if DEP representatives had investigated the complaint.
Council members reported that the late fee for bills, which had been forgiven in recent months due to the pandemic, will end with the June billing cycle. Residents who pay late will be charged 10%.
Council agreed to pay the annual membership of $100 to the TCDC –Develop Tioga.
Several items remain on the agenda with no updates: Well 17, three parcels of land for sale, improvement on Kizer creek, Camp Brook stream cleaning project, comprehensive monitoring plan, uninterrupted system plans for the water treatment system and the investigation into paying borough council members.
The Elkland borough council will met at 6:30 p.m. July 8.