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Thursday, June 27, 2019 by Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com in Local News

Resident’s concerns rise about springs on property

Concerns about rising water surfaced again at a Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners’ meeting. This time, the topic had to do with springs and not stormwater runoff.

“Somebody authorized a house to be built on three active springs,” Dale Meron, a township resident said.

“Is this a township issue?” Board of Commissioners President Robert Martucci Jr. asked at the June 13 meeting.

“It all depends what the conditions were,” Salisbury Township Solicitor Atty. John W. Ashley replied, adding, “I’ll look into it.”

“I’m getting a lot of calls from people about springs coming up,” Salisbury Township Assistant Township Manager-Code Enforcement Director Sandy Nicolo said.

Nicolo said the calls are being generated about township springs because of the amount of rainfall this year in the Lehigh Valley.

“Springs pop up all over the place. It’s very hard to prove and document groundwater seepage,” Salisbury Township Consulting Enginner David J. Tettemer said.

“I can take you to 50 properties in the Lehigh Valley that have this same problem,” Tettemer continued.

“Right now, the water table is about 20 to 25 feet above normal. It’s just because of the amount of rain,” Tettemer said.

During the courtesy of the floor portion of the meeting, Meron said he’s not sure of the property boundaries at his residence.

“The east side has a lot of boundary issues,” Tettemer said.

“You need to go out and get a surveyor to determine where your property corners are,” Tettemer recommended.

In an unrelated matter during the courtesy of the floor portion of the meeting, Kathy Dawson, a township resident, said, “A fire hydrant is apparently out of service.”

“Lehigh County has been testing hydrants,” Township Commissioner Rodney Conn said.

Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company Chief Joshua Wells said, “They didn’t notify us.”

“That is putting that whole area in jeopardy,” township Commissioner Joanne Ackerman said.

“Notification needs to be made some way. Same way on the east side, Bethlehem Water Authority needs to notify,” Wells said.

Township officials said the Lehigh County Authority will be contacted about the matter.

In other business at the June 13 township meeting, commissioners voted 5-0 on a motion introduced by Ackerman and seconded by township Board of Commissioners Vice President Debra Brinton to approve Payment No. 3, the final payment, of $9,532.50, along with Change Order No. 1, decreasing the contract by $6,047, to Insituform Technologies, LLC, for the 2018 Sanitary Sewer System Rehabilitation Mainline Cured-in-Place Pipe Lining Project on the east side in the vicinity of Salisbury High School.

“The contractor will not be doing that. The township will engage an outside contractor to do the work,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich said prior to the vote.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners next meets 7 p.m. June 27 in the meeting room of the township municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.