HONESDALE - Aqua Pennsylvania would like to perform water-line work this year in the borough, but crosswalk issues first need to be addressed, said a company official.
Steve Clark, Aqua's northeast area manager, told borough council the company would like to complete the six-month project this year, but there are problems with two crosswalks - the one on 12th Street and the mid-block crosswalk in front of the post office between 8th and 9th streets.
Aqua had been scheduled to do water-line work last year on Main Street between 4th and 12th streets. The project was delayed in large part due to issues over the mid-block crosswalk.
The majority of borough council wants to keep the crosswalk, but there has been issues regarding if it is legal and who would accept liability for it.
Regarding the 12th Street crosswalk, it must be in compliance with the American's with Disabilities Act before Aqua can do its work, officials said.
Multiple council members are adamant that the longtime, mid-block crosswalk should stay in place, saying it is one of the most frequently-used crosswalks in the borough.
Council President James Brennan conducted a survey last year at the crosswalk and sent it to PennDOT.
The council president's survey results were: 51 pedestrians crossed on a Tuesday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 26 crossed between 3:35 and 4:45 p.m.
On a Wednesday morning 25 people crossed between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
The crosswalk has been there for at least 70 years and removing it would take away from the historic feel and ambiance of the town, according to Brennan.
Aqua officials have said the company had hoped to share the Main Street work costs with UGI Penn Natural Gas, which last year completed line work on Main Street.
In other business from the meeting Monday night, council received a letter from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) regarding illegal garbage dump sites.
The PEC recently received funding to clean up illegal dump sites in several counties, including Wayne.
"We need your assistance in identifying sites in your community," according to the letter signed by Palmira Miller, program director for the PEC's northeast office. "We will provide coordination of the event, supplies, insurance, education and disposal and transportation fees.
The funding is provided through the result of a settlement regarding enforcement action by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Since 2007 the PEC has conducted more than 140 illegal dump site cleanups in a 13-county region. The cleanups included the collection of about 962 tons of trash, 105 tons of scrap metal and 290 tons of tires.