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The Wyoming County Planning Commission granted preliminary approval for a Lake Carey Wastewater Treatment Plant in Tunkhannock Township, with several conditions needing to be met.

A time extension request had been granted by the planners in January to the LCWWTP to be sited off Billings Mill Road (SR1001), and last Wednesday’s meeting addressed areas of concern identified by the county’s engineer, LaBella of Dunmore, to make sure the development plan was in compliance with Wyoming County’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.

Planning Commission members attached concerns to and discussed six areas identified in a Feb. 18 review letter from LaBella to Planning Director Lynnelle Farber.

Farber said last Wednesday that LaBella was looking to the planning commission for a land development approval.

The areas of concern included a PennDOT highway occupancy permit, an easement/agreement through an adjacent privately owned property for a discharge pipe to the Tunkhannock Creek, verification of electric service with Penelec, a site lighting plan, a statement about stormwater management facilities, and an easement regarding drainage.

With those conditions, the planning commission voted unanimously to approve the land development which included a 4,043 square foot operations building and 12 parking spaces.

The LCWWTP essentially will treat sewage collected around Lake Carey, and according to past comments of the Lemon Township Tunkhannock Township Sewer Authority will take 12 months to build and will be going on concurrently to the creation of a sewage collection system for some 390 units that will take about 18 months to complete.

The Larson Design Group of Williamsport has been involved in the plant’s design, and they expect the project to be bidded out around the middle of March with bids accepted during April.

On Wednesday night the planning commission also accepted a submission of a plan by Blue Ridge Communications to build a 30x60 warehouse facility adjacent to an existing building where it already has operations. The plan will undergo site review.

The planners gave a final review to the McGregor Interconnect Land Development in Lemon Township; voted to give a 90-day extension to the Oxbow Creek electric generation facility that has had some construction delays but should be finished up once winter weather breaks.

No actions were taken regarding Skyline Estates in Nicholson Township, a car wash in Meshoppen Borough, a Tunkhannock Ford dealership in Eaton Township, and Eaton Hills’ release of escrow.

Farber discussed a meeting that took place Jan. 29 regarding a Wyoming County Greenways, Trails & Open Space Plan. The meeting was well attended, Farber said, and a survey conducted yielded some 280 responses, which she said was really good.

She also spoke to a Marcellus Legacy Fund Mini-Grant application deadline that was nearing its end.

Farber said she was also encouraged by attendance of around 50 people at the Dietrich Theater in early February regarding a Pa. Route 6 Facade Grant Program that was underway .