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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Waymart-PennDOT may strike deal

  • At the monthly meeting of the Waymart Borough Council a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) talked about a possible agreement that could take place between both governmental entities.
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  • - At the monthly meeting of the Waymart Borough Council a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) talked about a possible agreement that could take place between both governmental entities.
    It is the Agility Program, which essentially lets state and local governments work together and share resources.
    "It starts with a resolution then paperwork is submitted," said Vince Griffis of PennDOT. "It's initially a five year agreement, but you can submit a letter of extension, which could make it an eight year agreement."
    Griffis said that the council and PennDOT would have a work plan and it would allow the borough to "work out the debt."
    "We do work for you and you do the same for us," Griffis said.
    "Can this include the bridge cleanup?" asked council member Jane Varcoe, to which Griffis said it could.
    One of the items discussed that would be part of this agreement, if the council decided to take part, was the drainage issue on Carbondale Road.
    "It's not a PennDOT problem," Griffis said. "It's the property owners."
    This means it's not up to PennDOT to fix it. However, he said if the borough opted into the agility agreement, PennDOT "may be able to help."
    "The proposal estimates the cost to be about $20,000," Griffis said. "The borough would return $20,000 in services to PennDOT."
    He said that anything PennDOT would normally do that the borough did instead, would count as services rendered.
    Griffis also told council that any pipeline under a state road is the "borough responsibility."
    The drainage problem falls between the Vinton and Wolfe properties on Carbondale Road.
    Page 2 of 3 - The Vintons were at the meeting and had a few words to say.
    "We didn't want to dump this on the borough," said Donna Vinton. "We had several meetings about it and for most of those we were told it was our problem. Then I wrote a letter about it and then we were told it was the state's problem. We don't want you to feel like we dumped this on you. It's a dangerous problem between the two properties. I'm glad it will be rectified, even if it's not until the spring."
    "I hope we can work it out," said council president Chip Norella. "This program is a wonderful thing."
    "I think it's a good program, but it's also a lot to enter into," stated Griffis.
    The program can also benefit the borough in the future. Griffis said the agreement can be renewed "as many times" as they want.
    "There are four pages of items that we can do and we have to calculate in the borough's resources," he said.
    He also mentioned that there are safety grants available. Varcoe said since the borough only has 1,341 people, they are put "way down" the list.
    "There are also penalties if either party doesn't fulfill their obligation," Griffis said.
    "We aren't obligated to do this, but I think it's a good program," said Norella.
    The council decided to have solicitor Chris Farrell look over everything to make sure they all understand what the agility program entails, before making a decision.
     
    Other items
    The Chili Cookoff will take place on Sept. 29 in the park. Council member Lil Rollison said "a lot" have committed to it. It will be from 1-5 p.m.
    On Aug. 30 the two poles were done on Railroad Lane. Council member AJ Gaudenzi said he's "happy" that all parties involved were able to work together and get it done. Council commended him on a good job.
    Page 3 of 3 - • The Waymart Lion's Club said that it would cost around $80,000 to redo the tennis courts. They also said that they would contribute $25,000 to getting them done.
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