GIDA Hears About GVMA Project Updates

June 5, 2012

(FLINTON) – The Glendale Industrial Development Association met last night at the White Township building in Beaver Valley for the specific purpose to hear a report on the Reade & White township Water/Sewer Project update by Glendale Valley Municipal Authority manager, Tracy Plessinger. Plessinger, who is also a White Township supervisor, began his discussion by stating that the goals of this $21 million dollar project was to provide municipal water to White Township and municipal sewerage to Reade and White Township. The entire project consists of 11 contracts, which were awarded to basically three main contractors—David Roman Contracting, Mazzuca Enterprises and Norman Diehl Contracting—with each contract assigned to various local areas and specific work.

Mr. Plessinger utilized a Powerpoint presentation with details of each contract, with Contract 1 (Beaver Valley) is almost 20% complete—which means that pipe is in the ground Green pipe is used to represent sewage lines and light blue pipe is used for water lines exclusively. Contract 2 in Fiske is about 85% complete; Contract 3 in Flinton/Fallentimber area along Route 53 is almost 90% complete; Contract 4 in Van Ormer is about 50% complete, held up by the fuel-contaminated soil located in front of “Uncle Phil’s General Store”, where the pipes have been re-routed; Contract 5 is 95% in the Hollentown/Glasgow municipalities; Contract 6 in the Mountaindale/Blandburg area is 85% complete; and Contract 7 involve the sewer pump stations in five areas across the townships, all started with the exception of the Fiske area. The largest construction most people see on Beaver Valley Road on the way to Glendale School District involves Contract 8—the construction of a “Dutchland, Incorporated”-style sewage treatment plant, which involves a 46 foot deep wet well, manholes, and pre-cast concrete walls, set onto 18” of gravel and over 500 cubic yards of poured concrete. The treatment involves a sand filter, as well as ultraviolet, before the treated wastewater travels down Clearfield Creek. This filtering must meet the stringent Chesapeake Bay discharge level of nitrogen and phosphorus.

Although completion means that pipe is in the ground, this will be followed up later this Spring by ground restoration work and seeding. Mr. Plessinger has informed the constituents of both townships through GVMA Newsletter mailings, as well as their website: Using this site, Plessinger showed the GIDA board how the GIS system works with the mapping that includes marking in blue lines the water, with green lines representing the sewage. One can see every manhole, every tap-in point for both sewage and water—and can even outline properties, among other things.

GIDA President Richard Snyder then introduced Kevin Mosso of “Mosso’s Sanitation”, who is currently looking at creating a small manufacturing plant preferably in the Coalport/Irvona areas to make front end dumpsters, or refuse containers. He will be applying for $10,000 of the GIDA’s Revolving Loan Fund to help him purchase and set up this new business that he hopes will be able to hire up to three local workers.

In other news, the board:
– voted to include a GIDA-sponsored ad outlining local events in the upcoming “Summer Fun & Tourism Guide” by Mainline newspapers to be published May 24th
– voted to send President Snyder to the June 19th MVEDP Golf & Picnic Outing
– heard from Irvona mayor, P.J. Patterson, who heard that Gov. Corbett finally signed the bill to approve the new bridge to be named the “Mary Ellen Tiesi 9/11 Memorial Bridge”, with a planned dedication possibly now in June.

The next meeting of the Glendale lndustrial Development Association is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2012, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Coalport Community Building.

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