DuBOIS — The City of DuBois will offer an alternative to building a new treatment plant to solve Treasure Lake’s water problems.
City Manager John “Herm” Suplizio asked for and received authorization from the city council Monday to offer to sell water to Aqua, the water supply company in the residential/resort community in Sandy Township.
“This is a great opportunity for the entire community. A win-win,” Suplizio said.
The prospect of building a new plant has fomented some opposition already and City Solicitor Toni Cherry said Treasure Lake residents need to know that big increases in their bills are likely. Before that happens, she said, “Citizens have to voice their opinions and customers need to ask how much it will cost any how good their water will be.”
She note that Treasure Lake’s management and board of directors did not support the city’s offer to buy TESI, the former water company, in order to relive a serious water quality problem.
Suplizio noted that the city has very high quality water and the city fields regular requests from residents at Treasure Lake on what it would take to get city water there.
City Engineer Chris Nasuti said has about 2 million gallons per day of excess capacity, more than enough to serve Treasure Lake’s water needs.
In addition, a 12-inch main line is already in place along Route 255, which would provide easy access to Treasure Lake.
Suplizio will write a letter to Aqua and copy Sandy Township’s supervisors and the Treasure Lake Property Owners Association in hope that support for the plan can be generated.
Noting the dust-ups between the city and the township in the past, Suplizio said, “We don’t always e eye to eye, but this is an opportunity for everyone” to win.
Suplizio wrote a letter to Sandy Township Manager Dave Monella indicating that the city is interested in investigating the possibility of buying the township’s water and wastewater systems.
“Although we understand you are just exploring this idea at this time, the City of DuBois is looking forward to working with you and your staff on this endeavor,” Suplizio wrote. “Please let us know what the next step in this process may be and what you need from us.
“Thank you for reaching out to us and hopefully we can come up with a solution that will work best for all of your residents and our community as a whole,” he concluded.
The council passed the second and final readings of two ordinances.
Council Bill 1928 raises the fee for tapping into the city’s sewage collection system to $2,700 and to repeal the inspection fee for renewals.
Council Bill 1931 adjusts the amount of non-electoral debt assumed for a dump trunk and accessories from $181,078 to $129,700.
Police Chief Blaine Clark presented the policy activity report for 2017.
There were 12,151 calls last year, including 229 thefts, 79 burglaries, 128 forgeries or frauds, 222 activated alarms, 126 criminal mischief incidents, 382 assaults, 350 disorderly conducts, 221 domestic disputes, 185 animal complaints, 567 suspicious persons or circumstances, 51 trespasses, 279 mental health or welfare checks, 58 missing persons, 99 drug investigations, 68 DUIs, 277 traffic accidents or investigations and 2,823 supplemental or follow-up contacts. Officers issues 410 citations, 230 warnings and 1,266 parking tickets.
Main Street work
The city is preparing plans for a streetscape improvement project on Main Street and DuBois Streets and connecting roads this summer.
The project will include reconstruction of the road surface, concrete curb, drainage, street lighting, accessible sidewalk ramps and some of the sidewalks along the corridor.
Work is expected to begin in April and continue through September.
Any questions can be directed to Suplizio at the city building, 371-2000.
The council’s next work session will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. The next regular council meeting will convene at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26.
Councilwoman Diane Bernardo and Councilman Randy Schmidt were absent and excused from Monday’s meeting.