Water main work that is being done on Main Avenue and Keystone Street, Hawley is being done in the daytime, after Borough Council made a decision, August 9th.

HAWLEY - Water main work that is being done on Main Avenue and Keystone Street, Hawley is being done in the daytime, after Borough Council made a decision, August 9th. They discussed which would create the most impact, tearing up the street by day, or by night.

Leeward Construction is the contractor for Aqua Pennsylvania. Work is limited to one side of the street, and then switch to the other side.

Borough Road Master Rodger Smythe offered the opinion that the greater inconvenience would be to residents on in Main Avenue apartments trying to sleep at night, than to merchants who must try and do business with a side of the street made into a construction zone.

Council President Ann Monaghan noted that if they worked by night they would need flood lights, which would disturb residents in the second floor apartments. Smythe stated that the noise of the trucks shuttling back and forth through town would be more disturbing by night.

The job is expected to take about two weeks, Lou Cozza, Kiley Associates, said.

Mayor Kevin Hawk, who spoke to the job superintendent, related that work would start Monday the 14th.

Donna Austin, spokesperson for Aqua PA, stated that water service to customers will continue; the old line is kept in place until they are ready to switch over. Old pipe measuring 1,560 feet and subject to leaks, is being replaced with an eight inch ductile iron pipe.

Work is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, which is subject to change. Work will likely take place only four days a week, said Nicholas Freethy, Construction Coordinator for the Honesdale Division.

Throughout the construction there might be temporary inconveniences including interruptions to traffic, periods of cloudy or discolored water, low water pressure, or no water. 

“We will do our best to minimize these inconveniences and ask for your patience during construction,” Freethy said.
Disturbed surfaces will be fully restored upon completion. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer. Freethy stated that Aqua will have an inspector on site to ensure a quality project and to address any concerns you might have.

One of the lanes will always be open and flaggers will control traffic in the other lane.
Freethy expressed appreciation to the public for their patience, while Aqua works to make a “permanent improvement” in the community.

The cost of the project is $349,000.

Also discussed:

Justin Hoffman, who has acquired the property at 309 Keystone Street, said he wants to convert the two-family home to a three family home, and remove the vacant mobile home that has sat next to the house on the lot, since at least the 1960’s. He was advised to attend the Planning Commission meeting next month so that body can make a recommendation to Council about requiring a conditional use permit.

Duane Austin asked what she can do with the large amount of leaves and other yard debris on her Paupack Street property. Leaf burning has only been permitted in October. She was advised to find a tree cutting service, or to clean up the debris gradually each week for regular trash removal.

Austin also described the tailgating that occurs on the Bellemonte Avenue (Route 6) hill, and the ride behavior of some drivers. Councilman Joseph Faubel noted that drivers have already picked up speed once they round the curve and head downhill, suggesting that a 25 m.p.h. sign be placed further up the hill. Police Chief Dan Drake said he would contact PennDOT about having a sign posted before the curve. Police will also monitor the situation.

Dean Johnson asked if there are any plans to fix the “goat path” which is how he described the condition of Falls Avenue. President Monaghan stated that this was one of many streets on their list needing repair, for whenever funding becomes available. The flood levee repairs remain the borough’s first priority.

A tree service will be contacted to trim back trees on Electric Street and Wangum Avenue.

A limit of $1,500 was authorized to do work in-house to correct a storm water runoff issue at a driveway on Atkinson Street. The water, which adds to the erosion of several streets, will be diverted to the storm drain. Wayne County Conservation District advised a method, using boards the width of the driveway that are covered by a rubber conveyor flap, and the digging of a trench.

Mary Ellingsen, a granddaughter of the man who designed the bandstand in Bingham Park, has offered to oversee a contractor she recommended, to do necessary work on the iconic structure. She will also do fund-raising for ongoing bandstand maintenance. Monaghan welcomed her help, but advised out of liability concerns to have someone connected with the borough, to be in charge.

Ellingsen donated $500 to the project; James Shook offered to match it from the Lake Region Community Dock Foundation. Councilwoman Michelle Rojas then donated $250. The contractor met four conditions Park & Rec recommended. Councilman Mike Dougherty advised that the matter be taken back to Parks & Recreation for further discussion.

A motion passed to utilize Dempsey, a company that will provide supplies for the park restrooms. The restrooms, however, are not yet ready. The eight month contract includes a cost of $90 a month plus use of supplies.

A Street Opening Ordinance will be considered at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m., September 13, just before the 7 p.m. Council meeting. The ordinance will set rules to ensure that utilities restore streets in a timely manner.

Left over road salt needs to be properly discarded, before the salt shed wall can be repaired. Road Master Smythe asked for direction. Prices will be investigated.

Councilwoman Patricia Bartelson will check with the companies that provided estimates to replace the borough hall furnace, if the prices can be extended.

A phone contract with Verizon was approved.

Council will be discussing ways to revamp Enchanted Christmas, which for the past several years has been held at the bandstand in December, during Hawley Winterfest. Monaghan suggested changing it to a children’s Christmas party. Andrea Racht, Secretary/Treasurer, advised that if they hosted a party, that it should be for the kids who are actually from town. Although Enchanted Christmas was said to have dwindled somewhat, Mayor Hawk said there were still a lot of people who like to come and have pictures taken of their children with Santa.

Hawley Council normally meets on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall.