Columbia County Commissions is asking the state's Public Utility Commission to sanction the actions of United Water following record – high flooding which hit the area last month. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... Commissioner Chris Young alleges the company didn't do anything to improve since the 2006 flood. The utilities tanks went dry early into the flooding emergency... and the town was without water for nearly five days... leaving 20 – thousand subscribers high and dry. The same thing happened in 2006. No word on response from the P-U-C.
Despite special events... and the flood of last month... Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski continues to keep an eye on his department's budget. During the flood... his officers worked a 12 to 16 hour day... and the chief says that begins to add up. More than likely by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agency's usual reimbursement rate is 75% with the town picking up the remainder.
Temporary housing could be on the way to the flood victims of Columbia County. Mike Sweet says the agency has a pretty good idea of where the homes will go. About a dozen of the FEMA Park Model home are already designated for Shickshinny.... in Luzerne County.... with another 60 or so people still on FEMA's waiting list.
Town / Administrator
It appears one of the most difficult positions to fill in local government is a Town Administrator for Bloomsburg. Current administrator Carol Mas is retiring in mid January.... and the first cut of prospective candidates for the job didn't make the grade. That word from Mayor Dan Knorr at last night's council meeting. Whatever the case... Mayor Knorr says a successful candidate for the job won't arrive in town until November or December. But, current administrator Mas says she'll stick around until mid-March if need be.
Town / Meeting
A special session of the Bloomsburg Town Council will be held next week. October 18th... to be exact. Council will accept praise or criticism on how Town government acted during last month's flooding... so says Mayor Dan Knorr during last night's Council meeting. The meeting will be held next Tuesday at 6 O'clock at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street.
The federal government has approved aid for three northeastern Pennsylvania counties to help repair roads and bridges damaged by Tropical Storm Lee last month. Luzerne is one of the counties on the list. Also approved for the aid is Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.
911 Service Inaugurated
If you live in Hazleton.... in Luzerne County.... there is now just one number to dial to get Police, Fire or an Ambulance. It's simply 9-1-1. In the past... folks had to know the number for each entity to get cops... firemen and EMS to respond to the scene of an emergency. It's believed the new system will provide a lot quicker response time.
An unusual sight at the corner of Orange and Warren Streets in Berwick on Monday. A car wedged into the side of a building. 43 – year old Michael Miller telling Berwick Police he was cut off by a mini-van... and crashed into the Warren Street side of the multi – story building. Police say no one was hurt in the crash.
Pig Crash Folo
State Police at Bloomsburg say the 24 – year old driver of that pig truck that flipped over the weekend was not hurt. But, an estimated 95 of the 165 hogs in a livestock trailer didn't survive. Ryan Huffman of White Deer had left Rohrbach's Hog Farm... and was traveling through the narrows with the big rig... when his load apparently shifted... sending the truck over on it's right side and plunging down an embankment. Police say charges will not be filed against Huffman.
Corbett / Education
Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to reveal more about his education agenda at a news conference in York.... just prior to speaking at the Lincoln Charter School. Mr. Corbett has not revealed many details, but legislators involved in education issues expect him to call for a taxpayer-financed voucher program to help more children attend private schools... and an expansion of tax credits for businesses that help underwrite scholarship programs.