Paula Canivan has a big problem
— Paula Canivan has a big problem.
"I cleaned after the last debacle, but it is very bad again," said Canivan.
Canivan is the third generation in her family to live in the house on 212 12th Street in Honesdale.
"My father liked the property because of the river," she said.
She recently found a letter her father had written when searching for a house in Honesdale so many decades ago. It was the Lackawaxen River which drew him to this particular house.
But now, the river can't even be seen because of the large amount of vegetation which has grown — and she has an even bigger problem.
"There is just so much equipment," she said.
The area across 12th Street from Canivan's house is now the staging area for the construction project which is taking place five nights a week in downtown Honesdale.
Large piles of rocks have been placed in that area and every night, an end loader is used to fill up the trucks. She said the loader scoops materials and the trucks are very loud with "beeping" noises when they are backing up.
"I can't sleep," said Canivan. "It goes on all night long."
She said the problems first surfaced seven years ago when there was construction to build the new bridge on Church Street.
Since that time, she said the area has been used as a staging ground for all kinds of construction projects.
In 2009, there was a big project and now this year, it's the work being done on Main Street.
Canivan was in attendance at Monday night's meeting of the borough council and aired her problems during the public comment period.
She said since then, she has confirmed the staging area is on borough property and no permission has been given by the borough to store the materials in that location.
Canivan said she spoke with borough solicitor Rich Henry this week and it is her understanding he is composing a letter asking the construction company to find a different location.
Canivan hopes something can happen quickly.
She has to keep her house shut at night because of the large amounts of dust which are generated by the loading of the rocks. She also said it is "doing a number" on her siding.
That's not to mention the breathing problems she is experiencing and just the overall problems it is causing related to lack of sleep.
Earlier this year, the state ordered the Main Street project be done in the night hours. Crews have been working 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The bigger picture
Though Canivan wants to get this immediate situation taken care of as quickly as possible, she said there is a larger matter which she would like addressed.
She vividly remembers when the river bank was cleaned and accessible by members of the public. She said there were benches in the area and it was a recreational spot for many people.
"I do not want that to get lost in all of this," she said. "I want to see it cleaned up and have some trees planted."
She said there used to be a "nice walking path" along the river and people would fish and just enjoy the serenity of the location.
"It was a calming, beautiful thing," said Canivan.
And one of the reasons her father purchased the house so long ago.