Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CWSA resolves battle over Allentown Waterfront project

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At CWSA’s regular meeting April 19, Attorney John Stover announced a settlement over the Allentown Waterfront project.

“This has been a long two-year battle, but we have a resolution that meets the needs of both organizations,” he said.

Disagreement centered on a 36-inch interceptor line owned by CWSA that delivers sewage to the Allentown Wastewater Treatment Plant. Plans for the waterfront called for the interceptor to be moved. CWSA objected if the costs were to be incurred by ratepayers. The waterfront partners did not want to pay the costs involved.

The resolution keeps the interceptor in place, while adjustments are made to the waterfront plan. Originally, the waterfront developer wanted to use the interceptor, but capacity on the interceptor is limited.

Darryl Jenkins, CWSA’s engineer, also discussed the Front Street project in Coplay.

“We plan on having an on-site meeting to go over any remaining problems,” he said.

Board member Paul Boyle, who is also public works director in Coplay, is concerned about the quality of the work.

“There are places that we need to dig up and redo,” he said.

Neither Jenkins nor Boyle want to waste any more time getting the project to completion. Boyle specifically addressed sidewalks that were installed improperly.

“The residents along Front Street have suffered enough with the project delays. We need to get everything wrapped up,” Boyle said.

Completion for the long-delayed project is targeted for the end of May.

Jenkins reported the grant application for a public sewer on Prospect and Summit streets in Whitehall was submitted.

“There are around 500 applications for these grant funds. We will see how we rate in a couple of months,” Jenkins said.

David Harleman, general plant manager, updated the board on the status of a new jet truck.

“We expect delivery in mid-July,” he said.

The new truck will be used by the maintenance crew to clear sewer lines.

Harleman indicated CWSA is out for bids on an ongoing maintenance project to reline its main sewer lines. CWSA is joined by a couple of other municipalities in the bid.

“We joined forces before to get the cost down,” Harleman said.

A second program will be bid in July as part of CWSA’s ongoing program to reline manholes. The program to reline manholes is considered instrumental in the authority’s effort to reduce inflow and infiltration into the sewer lines.