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$130,000 storm water project off the ground

| Thursday, July 14, 2005

Ron Barckhoff has one wish as the first phase of a storm water management project begins in Logans Ferry Heights: Do it right.

"My concern is that they do it right and not tear up without fixing it," said Barckhoff of Shady Avenue.

Barckhoff's home is one of 61 getting storm drains as part of the $130,000 project. Of that total, $84,500 was funded with a federal community development block grant. The borough paid for the remaining $45,500 cost.

Borough planner Jason Straley said the project includes installing storm drain systems to homes on Shady, Memorial Drive, Short and State streets and Dombroski Avenue.

The storm drain systems will correct water problems that have existed for decades, he said

"Logans Ferry Heights is an old mining town," Straley said. When the homes were built, there were no recommendations for storm water issues.

Straley said in some cases, residents have installed their own systems to divert water from their property to the street and in some cases onto neighbors' properties.

Straley said the project, which will take about a month to complete, will correct the water diversion problems.

Barckhoff said he hasn't had problems with storm water. But neighbors have had water in their basements.

"It will help some people," Barkhoff said.

Straley said in the second phase of the project, 15 storm water inlets and pipe will be installed at 39 homes on Kertis, Plum and Cliff avenues, State Street and a section of Memorial Drive.

Council on Monday night approved a resolution to submit a community development block grant application for for the second phase of the project that Straley said is planned for next year.

The total cost of the second phase is $134,000 with the borough picking up the tab for $46,900.

Straley said two additional phases of the storm water management program are planned. The total cost of all phases will exceed $500,000, Straley said.

"There is a lack of storm water management up there," Straley said.

Straley said the borough attempted to start the program in 1998, but the income levels of residents of the Logans Ferry Heights area did not meet the income guidelines to obtain community development block funding.

"This time we broke it (Logans Ferry Heights) up into smaller sections," Straley said.

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