Hughestown officials discuss Parsonage Street drainage issues

By B. Garret Rogan - For Sunday Dispatch | July 21st, 2015 10:08 am

HUGHESTOWN — The borough council discussed community improvement matters and measures during a regular meeting Monday, July 13.

Municipal officials will reach out to PennDOT to see whether or not any assistance can be given to resolve drainage issues on Parsonage Street.

Council member David Stefanofsky pointed out during Monday’s council meeting that PennDOT has provided materials for the street in the past. He asked whether or not they may have done so out of some obligation that might prompt them to take action now.

Stefanofsky reached out to PennDOT officials, but has not yet touched base with anyone. He asked the borough’s solicitor Angela Sperrazza to reach out on the town’s behalf so that all options might be exhausted before the borough undertakes repairs.

Council member Barbara Gatto feels that some of the flooding that results from drainage problems might be due to litter that accumulates in a ditch that runs along a portion of the road. She suggested that clearing the debris and enforcing that it be kept clean would alleviate future problems.

Officials are pressing to have the drainage issue wrapped up in the near future with paving scheduled for later in the summer.

In other matters the borough approved a plan to use $100,000 in state grant funding to connect several Cemetery Street properties to the municipal sewer line, pave portions of Division and Leonard streets and to make upgrades to the municipal building handicapped accessibility.

The next regular Hughestown Borough Council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10.

By B. Garret Rogan

For Sunday Dispatch

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