Fire hydrant, catch basin topics of meeting

During Thursday’s meeting, DuBoistown Borough Council heard updates on a proposed fire hydrant on Spring Street. Borough Engineer Brian Book said the line has been installed to behind the curb so that South Williamsport can proceed with their planned paving on Mountain Avenue. There was some question about an unopened alley in that area, which has not been maintained or opened for some 20 years.

According to the solicitor in that case the alley reverts back to adjoining property owners and is divided equally amongst them.

There were also questions about a letter informing council about a planned sub-division in Armstrong Township, which would add to properties in the DuBoistown Heights. Because the properties involved were built under the borough’s zoning ordinances, Armstrong Township said that they wanted the borough to give the okay for the subdivision. The added acres will increase the property sizes from 1.2 acres to three or four acres.

Council authorized Dieter to send a letter to the property owners telling them if they build, clear cut or remove trees on the additional acreage that it will affect their rain gardens.

Book said any actions will be subject to the land development agreement that the property owners signed with Susquehanna Builders that defines water runoff and rain gardens.

In his report to council Maintenance Supervisor Paul McKinley said his department had replaced 30 catch basins this year and expect to replace another 30 next year. He said by 2019 the entire borough will have new catch basins.