Army Corps to visit waterways

BY VIRGINIA CODY

Wyoming County Press Examiner

Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency Director Gene Dziak notified the county commissioners Tuesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was scheduled to visit the area on Thursday.

A Corps representative will accompany U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and will arrive at the Skyhaven Airport at 9:30 a.m.

Dziak will then escort the group to Forkston in order to see what can be done to control the Mehoopany Creek there.

“We’re trying to pull as many resources as we can to go against these creeks,” Dziak said.

“Bowman’s Creek is in dire need.  Martin’s Creek is in dire need.”

Chairman Tony Litwin asked Dziak to make sure the Army Corps resentatives and Sen. oomey also be given opportunity to examine the Keelersburg Road area.

“Someone’s got to come up with a plan for that,” he said.  “It affects too many people.  Forkston’s got its issues but it doesn’t have the population that Keelersburg does.”

Dziak said he would attempt to make the visit a two-area event, but explained that the senator and Army Corps representatives were only scheduled to be on hand for an hour and a half.

In matters related to flooding, Dziak also notified the commissioners that the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will be contributing 25 percent of the funds to be used for flood relief.

With the Federal Emergency Management Agency providing 75 percent of the funding, those qualifying for aid can anticipate 100 percent reimbursement.

This was good news to the commissioners who are carrying a $125,000 bill for dumpsters used by municipalities after recent flooding.

In other county business, County Clerk Bill Gaylord announced that 2012 budget work is underway.  He anticipates that the county budget will be available for public review and comment by the end of November or early December.  The objective is to have the budget finalized and adopted by Dec. 27.

Gaylord also announced that the emergency bid packages to replace the bridge in Forkston were prepared.

Judy Kraft Mead also made an announcement.

“We are going to finally have a permanent visitors’ bureau in Wyoming County,” she said, adding that the bureau had finally purchased a property that would be remodeled for new purposes.

Finally, Emily Krafjack advised the commissioners that the Skoronski natural gas well drilled by Chesapeake in Northmoreland Township is being plugged.

“Chesapeake didn’t find anything,” she said.