Lower Gwynedd Town­ship ad­dresses ex­posed sewer pipe

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Eric Devlin

A Good Sa­mar­i­tan may have saved Lower Gwynedd Town­ship RI­fiFLDOs IURP sRPH PDMRU KHDGaches af­ter dis­cov­er­ing an ex­posed sewer pipe while walk­ing along the banks of the Wis­sahickon CreekK

Dur­ing the Lower Gwynedd Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors meet­ing OctK 10, Town­ship Man­ager Larry Co­mu­nale pub­licly rec­og­nized Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Michael DeSte­fano for quickly re­spond­ing and putting the re­pair project to­gether af­ter re­ceiv­ing word from an un­known Good Sa­mar­i­tan that a 19-inch sewer pipe was ex­posed along the Trewellyn walk­ing trail be­hind Trewellyn bstates and Gwynedd-Mercy Col­legeK Had it bro­ken, Co­mu­nale said, it would have gone di­rectly into the Wis­sahickon CreekK

“This is not an easy task,” Co­mu­nale saidK “There’s a lot of co­or­di­na­tion to be doneK xDeSte­fano] had to get a DbP emer­gency per­mit, which he got in record timeK

“There are a lot of mov­ing parts in this project and it’s un­der way … and it took less than a week since it was dis­cov­ered to mo­bi­lize it,” he saidK “It was a good job by Mike to get this all to­gether so quick­lyK”

Co­mu­nale said the town­ship is work­ing in tan­dem with a con­trac­tor who will do most of the ex­ca­vat­ing and con­crete work at the site while the town­ship will do all it can han­dle in­clud­ing haul­ing in stoneK

DeSte­fano said the con­trac­tor had started work that day and made good progress with sta­bi­liz­ing the stream bankK He said he expected DOO wRUN WR EH finLsKHG Ey WKH HnG of the weekK

Su­per­vi­sor Stephen Pac­cione said he had been to the site and said he wanted to rec­og­nize the Good Sa­mar­i­tan be­cause “walk­ing on the trail you wouldn’t have no­ticed it, the ex­po­sure to the pipeK” Pac­cione sDLG WKH unLGHnWL­fiHG SHUsRn wDONs and cleans along the banks of the creek and no­ticed the prob­lemK

Board Chair­man bd Brandt said he’d like to send the per­son who dis­cov­ered the prob­lem a let­ter of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for call­ing it inK

Su­per­vi­sor Mark Grey asked if there were any more sewer runs like the cur­rent pipe that was spot­ted be­cause he said it sounded like it was by chance that the pipe was spot­ted and it didn’t sound like there was an in­spec­tion team that looks for some­thing like thisK He said he wanted to make sure that any sim­i­lar is­sues would be ad­dressedK

DeSte­fano said this par­tic­u­lar pipe ran along the cur­va­ture of the creek whereas most of the other pipes run par­al­lel with itK He said he’d make sure there were no other is­suesK

In other busi­ness, Co­mu­nale said the OctK 24 meet­ing would in­clude an op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to speak with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Pen­nDOT about the Route 202 project and ask ques­tions be­fore FRn­sWUuFWLRn finLsKHs Ln WKH FRPLnJ monthsK

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