-Members of the Honesdale Borough Council made the decision to contact FEMA and PEMA to see if the borough is eligible for funding to repair damages from the recent flooding, during a special meeting Friday morning.
Councilman Harry DeVrieze said that they could be eligible for FEMA funds for "four different items." These will be discussed at the regular meeting of the council on Monday. President F.J. Monaghan made a motion that council check with FEMA and PEMA to see if they are "eligible for reimbursement."
Councilman Bob Jennings suggested they amend the motion to make sure Solicitor Rich Henry would have all important information "brought to his attention."
Henry was absent from the meeting. When asked why after the meeting, he said he "wasn't asked to be there."
"They didn't ask for my input," he said.
Monaghan agreed and included the addition in the motion, saying, "the solicitor will review any necessary paperwork."
The motion passed unanimously, with the exception of councilmen Mike Slish and Scott Smith, who were absent from the meeting.
The issue concerning the sinkhole that is in the vicinity of the Top Notch warehouse, located on Fourth Street, was brought up.
Councilman Jim Brennan said there are "three streams" that "come down by the school." He said the water from each stream meets underneath the parking lot at the DCFI building and "swirl around to form a hole."
He said the borough first applied for grant money to stop the water runoff by the high school, which was written by former zoning officer Wayne Earley, but was only set to last "three years."
"I think this is the third year," Brennan said. "If we put a dam by Forest Street the water would come down and be better controlled. It would eliminate about half the water coming down further."
Monaghan said Brennan should contact Dave Mitchell from the Wayne County Conservation District to see what can be done. Brennan added they need a letter from the Conservation District giving them permission to put a dam in.
"There's a deep hole by Grove Street," Brennan said. "The runoff from the school goes to the street drain there, but we need to stop the rest from going there."
He also said that Parkway Drive has an issue too.
"We should meet with Linde (Construction) to see the best way to stop the water going by the DCFI lot," Brennan stated. "There's an increased amount of water with their development at Parkway Drive."
Monaghan said he doesn't believe that's from Linde's development.
"It needs to be corrected and this is the time to do it," said Jennings. "It's been a problem for many years."
Page 2 of 2 - When applying for funds from FEMA and PEMA, Monaghan said that the Bishop property, Parkway Drive and Apple Grove will "definitely be included."
"We'll see if we can get help and go from there," said Monaghan.