Richmond Township supervisors hear search for water sources continues

MANSFIELD – Dave Flesch and Ed Trask, representing the local water task force that is searching for a new water source for the region, reported to Richmond Township supervisors that more people are joining in the search.

According to Flesch, Putnam Township Municipal Authority has contributed $15,000 to the effort, which brings the total available to get a “needs assessment” for the area to $46,000.

In addition, he said, the borough of Mansfield is getting behind the project.

“I think we are making a lot of good progress,” Flesch said.

Trask was optimistic about a new well that has been dug in Blossburg that is producing 200 gallons per minute, that is tested, and added that Blossburg may end up being the driver in the search.

“Our hydrologist and Scott Bellows and Barry Cleveland are working with us, so there is a cooperative thing going on,” he said.

Trask also told the supervisors that the county commissioners are looking for projects that their grant writers can get behind to apply for state funding.

“They are looking to this valley as one of the places they want to help find grants. They want to do well here so they can sell their services to others,” Trask said.

The next water task force meeting will be March 28 at 3 p.m. at the Richmond Township building.

Supervisors also approved a land development plan for a “beneficial reuse” on Hollow and Moore roads that Bill Robinson is working to have put in.

Beneficial Reuse, of Chicago, will “improve the structure and aesthetics of his land,” by utilizing the by-product material from local foundries.

On Tuesday, Robinson said the stockpile will be brought in as part of Phase 1, and once the final permit is obtained, it can be applied to the land, Robinson said.

In other business supervisors:

Approved purchasing a new dump truck using natural gas impact fee funds. The old one will be put out for bid with bid opening expected to happen April 17.

Set Spring clean up dates for April 20 and 27 between 8 a.m. and noon, with free shredding by Keystone Mobile Shredding from 9 to 11 a.m. for residents. Electronics can be brought but not placed in with other items because of the new law, Secretary Deb Kotulka said.

Set the annual road inspection date as April 10, 9 a.m.

Agreed to host a workshop on guiderails with the state Department of Transportation, March 20.