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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Grant sought for creek repair

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

South Whitehall Director of Operations Randy Cope is looking ahead to a future project to remove the gabion baskets along the Jordan Creek at Covered Bridge Park.

He is seeking a grant of $50,000 from the state flood mitigation program to begin the process.

Cope said the gabion devices are wire baskets filled with rocks to support the stream bank and to prevent erosion.

He said the 4-foot to 6-foot high baskets were installed by the township along the stream many years ago.

“We want to take those out and re-establish the stream to its natural course,” Cope said. “We will stabilize the bank and it will be better for fish.”

The grant will provide funding for studies and calculations on how to do the task.

Removing the baskets will help with flood control, prevent erosion and align the stream to a more natural course, Cope explained.

Township Manager Renee Bickel provided an update on the Wehr’s Dam three-year plan for improvements.

Engineering was done by the Michael Baker firm in 2018, and 2019 is a year devoted to obtaining permits.

The construction phase is scheduled for 2020 with funds available to do the work at that time, Bickel said

In other business at the May 15 meeting, commissioners approved purchase of a 2019 Polaris Ranger Crew XP 900 EPS at a cost of $15,899.

Police Chief Glen Dorney commented on the vehicle.

“This will give us an opportunity to get out into the parks,” Dorney said. “There are a lot of people out there. It holds six people.

“We can also use it to shuttle those who have handicaps.”