United Water to Construct Plant
Within the next two years... a new water plan for the Bloomsburg area should be on – line. United Water late Wednesday afternoon unveiling plans for a new $20 – million dollar plus water treatment plant adjacent to their current Irondale Road facility. It will be located on a three acre tract of land where the Irondale Inn currently sits... and will be above the 100 – year flood plain. Utility project manager Nancy Trushell says she hopes state environmental approval comes quickly. The current United Water pump station has been knocked off line during the floods of 2006 and 2011... leaving Bloomsburg high and dry. The new plant is expected to be on line the second half of 2015.
You'll have an opportunity this coming Monday to quiz the six candidates seeking the three open seats for Bloomsburg Town Council. The candidates forum at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall is sponsored by the League of Voters. Zabrina Finn says it's a great opportunity to see the candidates in action... not just one dimensional such as you hear on the radio or read about in the printed media. The forum begins at 7 O'clock Monday night at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall in the 900 block of Market Street.
Bloomsburg Parking Survey
A group of Bloomsburg University students will try and put an end to the debate about parking in downtown Bloomsburg. Geography and Geoscience students are armed with GPS devices and clipboards... watching the ebb and flow of traffic... then surveying business owners and residents to determine parking issues... so says associate professor Jeff Brunskill. The raw data from the survey should be be out by the second week in November... with analytical stats compiled over the winter... with refined data given to the town during the University's spring semester.
Critical GAO Report
A yet-to-be-released report from the Government Accountability office obtained by the Associated Press... says PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station has the highest number of safety violations in the state in recent years. The report says the thirty year old plant had five high – level and 175 low – level safety violations. Other plants.. .such as Limerick near Philadelphia and Beaver Valley near Pittsburgh have had problems as well. The issues at Susquehanna ranged from a computer malfunction... to cracked turbine blades... and radioactive water leaking in a building. The plant is now under heightened oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
A sight to behold... as a crew of maintenance workers... dressed in superhero outfits... cleaned dozens of windows at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital on Tuesday. It was a performance folks in the hospital won't forget. For Eric Ruhl of Performance Services, Incorporated of Harrisburg.... portraying Batman for pediatric and adult patients... as well as hospital staff... simply makes the day. Geisinger management has contracted with the company... and the crew... to portray the superheroes at all their properties.
New Fire Truck
It will take about a year to get here... but Bloomsburg Town Council has given the fire department the go ahead to order a new piece of fire fighting apparatus. KME of Nesquehoning... in Carbon County... is expected to get the order soon for the attack truck with a shorter than usual wheelbase... allowing drivers to navigate the town's narrow streets and alleys. The $671,000 purchase price will be off – set by trading in an aging pumper... grants from foundations... and heavily relying on money stashed away in the town's fire tax account.
Luzerne County Taxes
If you live or have property in Luzerne County... you could be paying 8 percent more in property taxes next year. That's a proposal being made by County Manager Robert Lawton as he unveiled a preliminary budget for the 2014 fiscal year. Meantime... despite the proposed hike... the county is facing a nearly three million dollar shortfall... and Lawton says if labor unions don't concede benefits... there could be... what he called... “sweeping layoffs.”
A Wyoming Valley man will spend the next 25 to 50 years in prison following a guilty plea he made in Luzerne County Court. William Allabaugh is now convicted of killing Scott Luzetsky outside a Plymouth bar last September... as well as wounding a second man. Allabaugh was eventually shot by a man who was licensed to carry a weapon.
Hazleton Shooting Folo
The investigation into the shooting death of a 26 – year old Hazleton man last week is slowly coming to a close. If you recall... Jonathan Garay was shot and killed after struggling with police at his family's Alter Street home last week. Luzerne County D-A Stefanie Salavantis is trying to determine if the shooting was justified. Family members say Garay was shot inside his home... but police say he was reaching for a weapon on the back porch. Whatever the case... a march planned to protest the shooting fizzled out and got very little attention.
There are no suspects in custody in connection with the weekend armed stick up of a convenience store in Hughesville. Investigators in Lycoming County say a man walked into the North Main Street store... holding a knife... getting cash from the register and fleeing the scene.