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Dunbar Borough creek-channeling project getting on track

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Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A creek-channeling project that will reduce the risk of flooding in Dunbar could become a reality after three decades.

“The project is finally moving along,” solicitor Tim Witt told Dunbar Borough Council members on Tuesday night. “This has been going along for a long time. The state will provide funding to channel the Dunbar Creek to reduce flooding in the borough.”

Witt said he doesn't have specific figures on how much the project will cost but funding will be provided through the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of General Services.

“The easements for the adjacent properties have been acquired,” Witt said. “We need to make some amendments and recordings to those easements.”

If the project moves ahead on schedule, Witt said, it could begin next summer.

“The borough has to cut the trees down between November and March because of the bat problem,” he said.

Witt said it took a long time for the project to become a reality because the borough had to negotiate with the railroad and other concerned property owners to iron out language issues to permit the easements.

“It took a while to get it hammered out, but the paperwork has finally been signed and sent back to the state for the project,” he said.

Witt said council members are looking forward to the project, which is expected to reduce the risk of flooding in the borough.

In July, the Dunbar Creek overflowed its banks and caused significant damage to homes and businesses in the borough.

“Hopefully, this project will prevent something like that happening in the borough in the future,” Witt said.

In other business, council announced that Dunbar Borough's trick-or-treat will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27. The Halloween parade will be held at 4 p.m. the same day. Connellsville and Dunbar townships will hold their trick-or-treat at the same time.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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