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Flooding Causes Problems in East Greenville
Written by Rod Wood, Correspondent

        Residents of Arlington Street came before the East Greenville Council Monday night to alert the council of a serious stormwater runoff problem originating on West Sixth Street.

        According to Arlington Street resident Bob Melhouish, when it rains, stormwater makes a right turn onto Arlington Street and floods onto his property as well as the properties of adjacent homeowners.
        Roads Committee Chairwoman Marita Thomson agreed with Melhouish about the problem, but she said the borough would have to consult further with their engineer, Cowan Associates, for a remedy.
        “Water is coming from four or five different places,” said Thomson. “It’s become a very wet area, and the backyards are like a pond when it rains hard.”
        Thomson said that Cowan had suggested one solution costing between $50,000 and $55,000. “We can’t afford that,” said Thomson.
        Borough Manager Jim Fry said a catch basin at the foot of Sixth Street is in a flat area and cannot handle the runoff coming down Sixth Street.
        Thomson suggested that the water be diverted into a field at the end of Sixth, but no one on the council knew who owns that property. That’s why Cowan Associates needs to work on an affordable solution.  Council told residents they would have to wait for the engineering to be done.
        In other council business at Monday’s meeting:
        The council voted to advertise an ordinance that would allow them to add trashbag sales locations without having to adopt a new ordinance whenever the addition or subtraction of a location might arise.
        Solicitor Barry Tomlinson noted that the Univest National Bank and EZ Shoppe are still on the list. He also said that when the borough ordinances are codified, inconsistencies in the borough’s ordinances should be eliminated.
        Water chairman Andrew Rock said the ice plant is using approximately 50,000 gallons of borough water – 20,000 gallons more than the ice plant operators had originally estimated. Rock said the borough has more than enough of a water supply to handle the increased usage.
        In zoning matters, the council discussed the open storage of gasoline cans, chemicals and other hazardous materials within the right-of-way at a Blaker Drive property.
        Jim Fry told the council that he had visited the property on several occasions to check on possible property maintenance violations, but he said that none of the open storage on the property itself qualified as junk or refuse. 
        Fry said the storage of gas cans, hazardous materials and a snowplow within the right-of-way was another matter: it’s a police enforcement matter, he said.
        The council agreed to direct the police to look into the matter.





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