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Stormwater issues confront Derry Township

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Stormwater management issues dominated Tuesday's meeting of the Derry Township supervisors.

Dan Schmitt, an engineer with Gibson-Thomas Engineering Co. Inc. of Latrobe, said flooding issues in the township are often a result of homes built before stormwater management plans were required, along with minor changes to many individual properties.

“Stormwater management is a requirement now for new developments,” Schmitt explained. “Unfortunately, a lot of developments, such as this particular area where houses were built and roadways were built, stormwater management was not required at those times.”

Schmitt said monitoring and computer mapping will help determine priority areas and enable engineers to model potential solutions, although the process will take time.

“A lot of municipalities are faced with the fact that now we've got to look at retrofitting residential areas and doing things that we try to retrofit the stormwater concerns now,” Schmitt said. “The township supervisors have contacted us to maybe come and look at certain areas of the township and see what we can do.”

The supervisors will meet with Gibson-Thomas soon, board Chairman Vince DeCario said, to determine which areas should be priorities and begin monitoring and studying those areas.

“It's just not an easy solution,” Supervisor David Slifka said of the stormwater management issues. “That's something we're going to have to look at. As far as coming in and doing something, I'm not going to jump in there and just try to do something and say it's going to work when it's not going to work.”

Supervisors adopted a resolution authorizing a consent order and agreement with the state Department of Environmental Protection, the city of Latrobe, Latrobe Municipal Authority, Unity Township, Unity Township Municipal Authority and Derry Township Municipal Authority for a remedial project to comply with the state's Act 537 Clean Streams Laws.

The resolution, once approved by all entities, will establish a schedule for the wastewater management project, which will include an initial construction phase. The first phase will be followed by monitoring to determine whether a second phase will be needed.

Supervisors voted to donate $30,000 to the Derry Township Volunteer Fire Department in Bradenville, up from $26,000 last year, and review five subdivision plans.

Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913 or greinbold@tribweb.com.

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