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Wednesday / October 19, 2011


Flood / Town Council

There was a special meeting of Bloomsburg Town Council Tuesday night as to how the town government preformed during last month's flooding. However, it turned into a session dealing with flood protection. Issues like dredging the waterways... to flood walls... to the purchase of the Streater property came up. Council person Diane Levan says there is still a lot of frustration among town residents. Overall... town government received high marks as to their performance during last month's flood... and the actions taken to make the town safe.

 

FEMA Deadline

The deadline is fast approaching to register for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA's Mike Sweet says November 14th is the last day to register for help from the federal government. You can register with FEMA by going on – line to www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling the agency at 1- 800 – 621 - FEMA.

 

Flood Legislation

Three state representatives from neighboring Luzerne County have introduced a series of bills stemming from the recent flooding in Northeastern Pennsylvania. State Rep Phyllis Mundy says the recent flooding has brought to light flaws in Pennsylvania's disaster assistance system. Meantime.... State Rep Gerald Mullery says a bill he is proposing would streamline the aid process to those people effected by flooding.

 

PPL Operator

A senior reactor operator at PPL's Steam Electric Station in Salem Township... north of Berwick... had an eventful vacation in Indiana. The unnamed operator was arrested for indecent exposure by Indiana State Police. After telling his bosses... the Nuclear Regulatory Commission got involved.. saying they're evaluating the issue. Senior Operators are expected to mention any legal problems to their employers when they report back on the job... with the individual involved reporting his troubles two days after he returned from vacation.

 

Bridge Replaced

A sign of normalcy following the floods of last month. PennDOT telling us that a bridge replacement project on Camp Lavigne Road... in Sugarloaf Township in northern Columbia County... has been opened to traffic. The agency's Rick Mason says a contractor replaced the previous bridge over Coles Creek on the existing alignment, just off the intersection with Route 487. The structure was replaced at a cost of $911,000.
 

Hazleton Demolition

Demolition is underway along the so – called Broad Street Corridor Project in Hazleton. Already this week, crews have dropped a house at the corner of Spruce and Cedar streets... and a second house will soon be raised. The land will be used for off street parking for Lackawanna College's Hazleton Center.  The demolition work is being paid for by PennDOT.

 

Inmate Care

Thanks to a move by the general assembly... the cost of keeping a prison inmate healthy will drop somewhat. The move means a significant savings to Luzerne County... so says Prison Warden Joseph Piazza during Tuesday's Prison Board meeting. The general assembly has placed caps on the amount health care providers can charge on an out – patient basis... following guidelines established by Medicaid and Medicare.

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