EAST BRADY – As excess storm water continues to cause issues along Verner Street in East Brady, borough officials are once again hoping to obtain grant funding to alleviate the problem.
At their meeting on Oct. 2, East Brady Borough Council members agreed to submit an application to the Clarion County Conservation District for grant funding to redirect uncontrolled storm water that is causing erosion along Verner Street to Shady Shores and Waterway Lane.
“The road is the borough’s only vehicular access to its Riverfront Park, and is a connector for the Armstrong Trail that leads trail users behind the treatment plant to the end of the trail where bike route signs direct cyclists into town,” AVLT representative Toni Henry said.
According to Henry, the borough applied for the same Conservation District grant last year to complete the work, but was not awarded the funding.
“The Conservation District encouraged [the borough] to apply again this year,” she said.
While other options could potentially be explored if necessary, borough engineer Rick Barnett explained that the solution proposed in the grant application includes installing three inlets on Verner Street to collect the runoff water coming from Third Avenue, sending it downstream through a pipe to the upstream side of the culvert under the roadway.
“I think in the interest of time, in order to apply for the grant, the best method of doing this would be to apply for [this] alternative,” he continued, adding that the grant could possibly be revised later.
Council president Barb Mortimer noted, however, that Barnett’s proposal requires water to travel through private property to its destination in the Allegheny River.
“We’ll need approval from the property owners,” she said.
The motion to submit the grant application was approved unanimously by the council, pending that all parties involved — including the property owners — agreed to the terms.
Although they expected the application to be complete by the end of this week, borough officials said they did not expect to hear whether it is accepted until early 2019.
“It won’t be awarded for several months,” AVLT representative Angela Burtner said of the Clarion County Conservation District grant. “Everything could be a moot point if it is not awarded.”
• Barnett reported that the borough’s Corrosion Control Feasibility Study was approved by the Department of Environmental Protection. The next step is to submit a Public Water Supply permit application by March 31, 2019.
• The council approved a proposal from Hey Electric for an electrical service upgrade for the Bridge Street Vault. The cost is $2,636.
• Mortimer said Terra Works is working on an estimate for curbing work along Grant Street.
• Council members agreed to check with borough solicitor Ty Heller regarding laws for smoking on the property of, or in proximity to, public buildings.
• Borough employees will be flushing hydrants from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15-19. Residents may experience low water pressure during this time.
• The borough’s Trick-or-Treat night was set for Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The firemen’s party will take place in the community center’s gymnasium beginning at 7 p.m.
• Council members also approved the use of the gymnasium for the community’s annual Veterans Day program and lunch on Saturday, Nov. 10. The program will begin at 11 a.m.
• East Brady will receive $44,096.33 in 2019 Liquid Fuels funding from PennDOT. Borough officials said the money will be added to East Brady’s remaining Liquid Fuels funding from 2018 and be used for paving next spring.