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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Program continues to mitigate sewer lines infiltration

Salisbury Township is continuing its program to detect and curtail infiltration of its municipal sewer system.

To that end, commissioners voted 5-0 to approve two payments, that of $14,203.80 and $7,663.41, to Sewer Specialty Services Co., Inc., for closed circuit television inspection, pressure testing and grouting for the township sanitary sewer pipe joints project.

"There were a couple of spots in the sewer main, so we had them fix it right away," David J. Tettemer, township consulting engineer, said at the June 27 township meeting.

"This is actually part of the EPA order for the city of Allentown," Tettemer said.

Allentown is being required to reduce discharges, which have happened during heavy rains, with sewage flowing into streams and rivers.

Salisbury, along with other area municipalities, has signed a contract with the city, and is required to reduce infiltration into its system, which is tied into the Allentown system.

"We're looking at other areas," Tettermer said.

"It's a huge undertaking," Salisbury Township Public Works Director John Andreas said.

To date, the township has paid Sewer Specialty Services $93,427.90 of a $113,290 contract.

In other business, commissioners:

- Voted 5-0 to approve the release of a $148,499.34 security bond escrow for KidsPeace Broadway Campus improvements. The $1,052,427.20 project included landscaping, erosion and sediment control, and parking lot, stormwater and utility improvements.

- Heard the township will receive $49,851 in Lehigh County gaming revenue from the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Plans are to purchase a 2013 Dodge Challenger police car and a miles-per-hour roadside display.

- Learned that the township newsletter will soon be available on the township website. By not mailing the newsletter, a savings of $5,000 is expected.

- Will have the Municipal Building roof inspected to determine where it is leaking.

- Heard a report from Andreas about Oxford Drive Bridge construction, which is causing congestion in the Fish Hatchery Road area.

- Learned that Andreas will attend a Fairview Bridge construction meeting July 1 with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials. A July 8 construction start is expected, with the bridge to reopen later this year.

- Heard from Andreas bids will be opened July 1 for resurfacing of roads on South Mountain.

- Were told by Andreas a pre-construction meeting for the Ellsworth water line will be held, with a July 15 work start anticipated. Also, the Maumee water project is to be put out for bid.

- Learned from Andreas 34 animal control ordinance signs are ready to be placed in township parks. A leaflet concerning the new dog law is being distributed.

- Heard from Andreas a new highway department and a new water department employee is expected to be hired.

- Learned from Andreas the Lehigh County Authority take-over of the City of Allentown Water and Sewer System should not interrupt service and will have no impact. However, rates are expected to increase 2 percent every two years.

- Were told by Andreas township leaf collection locations and directions will be posted on the township website this fall.