South Side makes step to back-up dike until repairs are made

South Williamsport Borough council accepted a proposal to prepare a letter of intent for the US Army Corps of Engineers to receive levee assistance until the levee’s are up to compliance at a meeting Monday night.

The letter, which will be written by Wood, the borough’s hired engineering company, would extend rehabilitation assistance if there was flood damage to the levee system until a plan can be created with the city to address its deficiencies.

“It protects the residents and our investment in the levy,” Mike Miller, borough manager, said. “We are committing that we are going to fix it.”

In the letter of intent, according to Wood’s proposal to the council, the borough would highlight the deficiencies in the system that need fixed and justify dealing with the problem in a system-wide approach.

After the letter is accepted, South Williamsport and the city will submit a system-wide improvement framework plan for the Northeast and Northwest levees.

The plan, according to Wood, could take at least two years of development before it is ready to be submitted. The letter of intent will reestablish assistance with the Corps that the levees haven’t had since they were given an unacceptable rating because of deficient relief wells. 19 of 28 relief wells are recommended to be replaced by Wood. In other news, the council approved the hiring of Daniel Boyd as a police officer and swore Boyd into the position during the meeting.

Boyd was hired to fill the position of Officer Michael Samar who will be moving to a new position as an officer at South Williamsport Area Junior/Senior High School.

Council member Fred March Sr. resigned from his position on council and the council announced it will be looking for a council member for the second ward for the next year-and-a-half.

The council also approved the application for county aid for $5,000 worth of paving projects and to write a memorandum of understanding for an acquisition for the borough’s park complex.

In attendance were Daniel Cupp, John Decker, Joseph LaRue Jr., Cory Lehman, Carl Nolan and J. Bernard Schelb. David Geise, Fred March and Robert Cronin were absent.