First Posted: 2/19/2014

Princeton Hydro’s Fred Lubnow gave an update on the Floating Wetland Island project at the Harveys Lake Borough Council meeting on Feb. 18. Lubnow announced that the borough has secured a grant for $157,000 that will be used for more storm work. He further stated that more information on the project will be available via the EAC newsletter as “we move into spring.” The 250 foot floating wetland islands will be used to remove harmful phosphorous from the lake.

Chief of Dam Safety Roger Adams and DEP representative Duke Adams were present at the council meeting to respond to questions regarding an outlet dam, which has been the focus of attention for many of the borough’s residents. The two men, who are not related, drove from the Harrisburg DEP office to listen to comments and answer questions from the dozens of residents who attended the meeting.

The dam, owned by Lynette Moretti, has been raised without prior authorization. Moretti has been issued an order stating she must remove the flagstones that she has placed, which caused the dam to rise. Moretti has refused to remove the stones and has appealed her case to the Environmental Hearing Board.

Duke Adams stated that Moretti’s attorneys and the attorneys for the DEP have engaged in “amicable discussion.” Roger Adams announced that DEP is expecting to receive a settlement letter by the end of this week and that one stone should be removed “as quickly as possible” following the letter.

Lakeside Drive resident Matthew DiPrimo said there should not be negotiations going on at all, since Moretti is clearly in violation of the Dam Safety Law. DiPrimo added that it (the dam) should be “ripped out immediately” and that residents should “petition the court” regarding the issue.

Residents are fearful that boathouses and docks will sustain significant damage and have the potential for flooding, as warmer weather is forcasted. Council President Michell’e Boice stated was “happy with the representation of the DEP at the meeting.”

Council approved the motion to send letters of opposition to the proposed frack-water waste site to both Lake Township and Luzerne County. President Boice urged residents to “get involved with this extremely serious issue.” Boice highlighted the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition as being “very organized and actively opposes gas drilling.”

A hearing on the permit issue is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 at the Luzerne County Courthouse.

In other business …

Frank O’Connell has been chosen as the borough’s new Zoning Officer replacing Andy Luzetski, who retired.

Council has accepted the resignations of Mike Dziak of the Planning Commission and of Officer Kevin Novakowski.

The Harveys Lake Recreation Committee will sponsor a Mardi Gras Dancefrom 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Lakeside Skillet. Tickets are $25. Interested parties may contact Mike Rush at 570-650-1844 for more information.

The next council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18.

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