First Posted: 9/18/2014

Dr. Fred Lubnow, of Princeton Hydro, gave an update on the recently-installed floating wetland islands at the most recent borough council meeting.

Lubnow said that three of the five islands are in good shape, but the other two are in need if reconstruction. Lubnow also said that next spring all five islands will be re-planted with new netting and he expects all five islands to have success for next summer.

Lubnow further informed residents that hydrilla, an aggressive invasive species of aquatic plant life, has been identified in the lake near the boat launch. He said he will address additional grant funding from the DEP and that matter will be attended to immediately.

Residents were informed that the hydrilla species is originally from Eurasia and has been problematic in Florida. According to Lubnow, hydrilla usually enters the lake by attaching itself to and being transported under boats and carried from one location to another.

Mike Daley of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) said there are rumors circulation that the upcoming half marathon would be cancelled due runners and bikers causing vibrations affecting the islands. Daley said that this is an untrue statement and wanted to put the rumors to rest.

Resident Carol Culver requested that council send a letter to FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) in opposition to the proposed pipeline installation in Harveys Lake. Council chair Michell’e Boice stated she will “personally write” such a letter and “encourages other members of council to do the same.”

Council member Daniel Blaine announced that council is “getting the budget together for next year” and that it is “moving along very well.”

“We are ahead of the game,” Blaine said of the borough’s finances.

Council member Bill Hilburt said that Harveys Lake Police Chief Charles Musial asks that all motorists slow down and obey speed limits as there have been concerns with speeding motorists on Route 415. Musial also said the police department is “running smoothly with no problems.”

Council member Ed Kelly announced the borough has received a $43,000 grant for work on Hallowich Road.

The next meeting of the Harveys Lake borough Council will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21.

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