Nicholson Borough Council on Monday unanimously approved plans concerning storm water removal for the Bridgeview Commons Project.
Site engineer Walter Poplawski of the A & E Group Inc. of Wilkes-Barre presented the council with updated plans for the project.
He said he had studied the water system in the area and believes it will be adequate for the proposed townhouses.
Bridgeview Commons is being overseen by the Wyoming County Housing Authority in which 16 townhouses will eventually be constructed on the site of the old Nicholson High School.
Once completed, the townhouses will be used to provide affordable housing to low-to-moderate income families.
Poplawski explained that the storm water will be removed from the area via 3-inch plastic lines that will be run underneath Oak Street. To avoid interference with the local sewer lines, the storm water line will routed around them.
Borough solicitor Paul Litwin asked if it would be necessary to install additional catch basins in the storm water system to prevent runoff. The plan now calls for one addition catch basin to be installed in the vicinity of the Masonic hall.
Borough engineer Mick Goodwin replied he believes what is outlined in the plan will be sufficient. He said some of the existing lines need to be cleaned out of debris. Once that’s done, the system should be fine.
The revised plans will now be submitted for review to the borough sewer and water authorities to make certain of no interference in occurring with their systems.
Spoken to after the meeting, Poplawski said he is hopeful construction work on the project could begin in a matter of days.
In an unrelated matter, council voted to send a letter to the Department of Environment Protection, concerning the environmental impact of activities of a water withdrawal site operated by Cabot Oil.
Located southwest of the borough along state Route 92 in Nicholson Township, the site takes water from the Tunkhannock Creek.
Council took the action after residents voiced concerns on Monday about the amount of dust and debris being generated by the site.
Council member Joan Jenkins said she too has been bothered by dust coming on to her property from the site.
Council was also informed that the Dalton police, which provides services to the borough, investigated one vehicle accident, two cases of criminal mischief, made one DUI arrest, investigated two welfare cases, and issued two traffic citations in the area in February. Police logged 1,150 miles and 112 hours last month.