GELNETT TRUST GRANT REQUESTS (ALL APPLICANTS): MEETING OCT. 4TH AT 3:00PM

GELNETT TRUST GRANT REQUESTSALL APPLICANTS

There will be a mandatory meeting concerning applications made to the Gelnett Trust by all applicants.  The meeting will tentatively be held October 4th at 3:00PM in the Borough Council Chambers at the Borough Building located at 1 N. High Street, Selinsgrove.  Please be sure to check the Borough website calendar for any updates in regards to date or time.  www.selinsgrove.org (under “Information”)

There will be a welcome with introductions, a brief history of the Gelnett Trust, an overview of the application process, and requirements for supporting documentation.

 

Borough Council Meetings Now Open to In-Person and Virtual

Selinsgrove Borough Council will begin having in-person meetings for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The public is welcome to attend in-person or continue attending virtually until further notice.  According to CDC guidelines, if you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask.

The next scheduled meeting is on Monday, August 2, 2021, at 7:00PM in the Borough Council Chambers, 1 N. High Street, Selinsgrove.  Please enter at the Union Alley side of the building.  Upon entering the lobby, the Council room is to your left.

Special Meeting Notice – Borough Council 7/19/2021 @ 7PM – Flood Plain Ordinance & Other Lawful Business

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

NOTICE  is hereby  given that the Council  of the Borough  of Selinsgrove, Snyder  County, Pennsylvania, intends  to hold a special  meeting  at the Borough  Council  Chambers, Selinsgrove Community Building, 1 North High Street, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, on Monday, July 19, 2021,  at 7:00  P.M., to hold a public hearing on amendments to the Selinsgrove Flood Plain Ordinance and other lawful business that may come before it.

Lauren Martz,
Selinsgrove Borough Secretary

To participate in the Council Meeting, please contact the Borough Office to pre-register prior to 3PM the day of the meeting.

Floodplain Ordinance Draft 854

 

 

 

 

Dog Park – Dog Show Saturday, June 19, 2021

The dog park on Sassafras Street will be closed for regular use on Saturday, June 19, 2021 due to a public dog show.

Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) – When ground/storm water are being misdirected and enter into the sanitary system.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has determined that the Eastern Snyder County Regional

Authority (ESCRA) and participating municipal systems have a significant amount of inflow and infiltration.  DEP voiced their concerns when the yearly Chapter 94 report was reviewed and design capacity was exceeded during rain events.  ESCRA has estimated it treated 50 MILLION gallons of I&I in 2019 alone!

What is Inflow & Infiltration (I&I)?

Inflow happens when groundwater and storm water is misdirected and enters into the sanitary sewer system through incorrect connections within the collection system.  Homes and businesses contribute in a number of ways—roof drains, downspouts, sump pumps, driveway drains, foundation and floor drains, and stairwells plumbed into sanitary sewage systems instead of storm sewers or “daylight”.  These connections are illegal.  Fortunately, they are easily and cheaply fixable.

Infiltration is when groundwater enters the sanitary sewer system through faulty sewer laterals (home to street), pipes or manholes.  These pipes might have cracks or leaks that let water in.  This can happen because of age, installation and maintenance issues or even tree roots.

Inflow & Infiltration costs you money.  I&I water is referred to as “clear water”, as opposed to sanitary sewage water.  When clear water gets into the wastewater system, it gets treated.  When it gets treated, it costs you money.  It also takes up valuable capacity within the system.  This is a problem for the waste water treatment plant (WWTP) when it is working near maximum capacity.  Accommodating I&I at the WWTP may result in oversized and overpriced treatment system expansion, cause inefficient treatment, add to treatment costs, or potentially lead to illicit discharges into the Susquehanna River because the treatment plant capacity has been reached.  Should a sewage discharge happen, DEP may issue fines, issue a connection moratorium, mandate expensive plant expansion or all three.  The Sewer Authority and municipalities will have to decide between investing dollars to reduce I&I or may need to limit new residential or economic development.  Recently, ESCRA has completed videoing their sewer trunk lines.  Rehabilitation work is scheduled for 2021 to resolve I&I issues.  New development can strain the plant when already operating near capacity, leading to a need for an expensive plant expansion.  The other option is limiting residential or economic development opportunities.  This will stifle the area’s growth and loses opportunities to enhance tax revenue.

The December 2020 rain, snow melt and high water contributed to 10 times the average daily flow produced within the sanitary sewer system.  This lead to the sewer plant treating flow beyond its designed limits.  Issues like these are highly frowned upon by DEP.  They could require the plant to have expensive upgrades or an expansion.

Much of the excessive flow can be attributed to down spouts, basement floor drains and sump pumps plumbed into the sanitary sewer.  These types of connections are prohibited by Code.  Homeowners can inexpensively and quickly remedy these connections.  Down spout elbows cost about $4.00.  Floor drain expansion plugs are about the same.  Sump pump connections can be easily rerouted to “daylight” outside the home.  These inexpensive alterations could prevent increased sewer costs in the future.

How to identify Inflow & Infiltration:

There are a number of strategies the Borough will undertake to find problem connections and leaks in order to reduce or stop I&I.

  1. Informing the public. The purpose of this article is to encourage each property owner to take a look at their building.  Are down spouts and roof drains plumbed to “daylight”?  Are sump pumps plumbed to “daylight”?  Are stair wells, floor drains, foundations and driveway drains connected to a sump pump and “daylight”?  Do you need expansion plugs in basement floor drains to prevent waste water entering during high rain event or sewage line blockage?
  2. The next step in identifying I&I is to locate where problems are occurring and isolate the areas that have the worst I&I. First, we will analyze daily flow data from the last several years and compare against rainfall records.  We may need to set up flow monitoring instruments in each section of the sewer system.  By monitoring the flows, you can better identify which areas may have problems.
  3. Inspection of manholes can identify leaks from joints and provides the opportunity to view the drainage near a structure. Manholes can be located within a wetland or ditch that gets submerged during rain events.  These manholes can contribute significant inflow and infiltration through leaky covers.
  4. Smoke testing may be needed in residential areas. A blower is set up over a neighborhood manhole, and non-toxic smoke is pumped through the sewer line.  Smoke testing can be a very efficient and cost effective way to locate and identify the source of an inflow and infiltration problem.  The smoke used is non-toxic and does not leave any residue.  The smoke is pressurized and follows the path of any leaks in the system, revealing the location of the inflow and infiltration.  Sources of I&I can be cracks in the sewer pipes themselves, roof drains, downspouts, sump pumps, floor drains, French drains and faulty manholes.
  5. Closed circuit television inspection (CCTV)/pipe inspection. We will view inside our system pipes through the use of CCTV.  A small camera travels down the length of a pipe and produces visuals where an operator can identify leaks and be viewed from the surface.
  6. Home inspections. If the amount of I&I cannot be reduced, the Borough will need to have inspections completed by a third party.

 

 

 

Public Hearing: Selinsgrove Borough FFY 2021 Community Development Block Grant First Public Hearing

POST DATE:  May 24 – June 7, 2021
CONTACT PERSON:  Shannon Rudy, (570) 524-4491

SELINSGROVE BOROUGH
FFY 2021
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT
FIRST PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

The Snyder County Commissioners, on behalf of Selinsgrove Borough, plan to submit an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  For Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021, Selinsgrove Borough will be allocated an estimated $109,574.

A Public Hearing will be held on June 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the Selinsgrove Borough Building, virtually at https://zoom.us/j/97605446487?pwd=MTRreWJFL29CQkZJRmI3ZUdFVHVvdz09 Phone 1-301-715-8592, Meeting ID: 976 0544 6487, Passcode: 460292, to discuss the CDBG program, receive public input into proposed activities and/or proposals for new activities. Interested applicants should contact the Selinsgrove Borough Council as soon as possible for funding consideration, but in no case later than June 7, 2021. Participants wishing to attend Selinsgrove Borough’s First Public Hearing are required to pre-register with Lauren Martz, Selinsgrove Borough Manager, at 570-374-2311 ext. 113, no later than 4:30 PM on Monday, June 7, 2021.

Proposed project activities must meet one or more of three objectives:  benefit low- and moderate-income persons; prevent or eliminate slums or blight; and/or alleviate immediate threats to the health and safety of the community. Housing, community and/or economic development activities are eligible; examples include housing rehab, demolition or improvement of blighted property and public works projects. A list of eligible activities can be found in Section 105(s) of the Housing and Community Development Act (P.L. 93-383), as amended.

The Selinsgrove Borough Council will commit not less than 70% of the total funds after administration costs, to projects which principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons (LMI).  They encourage public comment on possible projects including environmental impacts, the Selinsgrove Borough’s Three-Year Community Development Plan, as well as current or past CDGB projects.

No displacement is anticipated, and every effort will be made to avoid or minimize displacement and relocation.  Should displacement be required, the applicant is responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that are demolished or converted.  At this hearing, the Selinsgrove Borough Council will disclose the types and levels of assistance that it would make available if persons were to be displaced by CDBG-funded activities.

Snyder County does not discriminate in access to, participation in, or treatment or employment in its federally funded programs or services. In the event the public believes that discrimination, denied accessibility, or denied equal opportunity has occurred, the Snyder County Section 504 officer Anthony Phillips may be reached at 570-837-4208.

Technical assistance will be provided upon request to any groups or persons, especially LMI persons or their representatives, when developing proposals intending to use CDBG funds.  The Selinsgrove Borough Council will strive to make all programs and activities accessible to the learning, mobility, vision, hearing, and language-impaired persons.  If you have a disability or limited English proficiency and require an auxiliary aid or accommodations, please contact ASSISTANT at SEDA-COG, 1-800-332-6701, 1-800-654-5984 TTY, 1-800-654-5988 TDD to discuss your needs.  Translators will be available upon request.

Any complaints should be written and submitted to Shannon Rudy, shannonrudy@seda-cog.org, at SEDA-COG. Written responses will be addressed within 15 working days when practicable.

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Recycling: Shredded Paper MUST be in a plastic bag from now on.

All shredded paper taken to the Public Works Building for Recycling MUST be in a plastic bag.

We are being told by the Lycoming County Resource Management Services that shredded paper is being placed in the recycling loose and not bagged.  This is where they have one exception to using a plastic bag in the recycling.  Having the shredded paper bagged makes it easy for their hand sorters to pull the product off the line to avoid it going in places it should not be.

Electronic Billing Now Available (Homeowners Only): Water-Sewer-Recycling (if applicable, Rental Registration)

Are you a homeowner who thinks electronic billing is for you?  The water-sewer-recycling (if applicable, rental registration) billings are now being offered as an email bill.  If interested, please click the form link below to print (also located under, “Codes”, “Applications & Forms”) or stop by the office (1 N. High Street and ring the doorbell) to pick up a copy.  By choosing the email option, your billing will no longer be mailed via the USPS.  We will email your bill to the requested email address.  Please be sure you check your junk folder/spam folder if you do not receive it in the inbox.

Billings are sent out each year on or before:  January 20 (due February 20); April 20 (due May 20); July 20 (due August 20); and October 20 (due November 20)

Request Email Billing Water-Sewer-Recycling

BIKE AUCTION!!! April 24

Borough of Selinsgrove
“Bike Auction”
April 24, 2021
At the Public Works Building located at 219 West Sassafras Street
Doors will open at 9:00am to view bikes and register for a bidder number.
Bike Auction will begin at 10:00am

All sales are final and sold as is. Payment will be cash and check only.
All items must be removed the day of the sale.
To bid you must register in advance of the auction to get a bidder’s number.

Social distancing and wearing a face mask is required at this event

2021 Street and Alley Program: Invitation for Bids

INVITATION FOR BIDS
Owner: Borough of Selinsgrove
1 North High Street
Selinsgrove, PA 17870

The Borough of Selinsgrove will accept sealed bids for the 2021 Street and Alley Program until 10:00AM
(prevailing time), May 3, 2021 at the Selinsgrove Borough Office, 1 North High Street, Selinsgrove,
Pennsylvania, 17870, at which time bids will be opened publicly and read aloud.

The project is located along East Sherman Street from North Market Street to North Strawberry Alley, West
Penn Street from North Market Street to North High Street, West Bough Street from South High Street to
Liberty Alley. Alternate bids include longitudinal pipe replacement along West Penn Street, bituminous
patching of South High Street between West Sassafras Street and Stauffer Street, West Snyder Street between
Rhoades Avenue and Magnolia Avenue, and Huckleberry Alley between Broad Street and Orange Street.
The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00
p.m., Monday through Friday, with a prior appointment.

STAHL SHEAFFER ENGINEERING Selinsgrove Borough Office
106 North High Street 1 North High Street
Selinsgrove, PA 17870 Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained electronically by contacting Stahl Sheaffer
Engineering at 570-374-4813 or via email at cshaffer@stahlsheaffer.com. Documents may also be obtained at
the Stahl Sheaffer Engineering office at the above address during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.,
Monday through Friday upon payment of $100.00 non-refundable for each set. Addenda, if any will be issued
to only those persons whose name and address are on record with the Engineer as having obtained the Contract
Documents.

All bidders are required to have current Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Subcontractor
prequalifications for all major items of work in the contract at the time of bid submission and throughout the
length of the project.

Each BID must be accompanied by a Bid Bond payable to the Owner for ten percent (10%) of the total amount
of the BID. As soon as the BID prices have been compared, the Owner will return the Bonds of all except the
three lowest responsible bidders. The Bidder shall include the fully completed Non-Collusion Affidavit with
the bid. When the Agreement is executed, the bonds of the remaining unsuccessful bidders will be returned.
The bidders’ attention is called to the fact that not less than the minimum prevailing wages, must be paid on
this project and bids shall be prepared accordingly.

The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any informalities in the bidding, or to limit the
scope of work involved. No bidder may withdraw a bid within sixty (60) days after the actual date of the
opening thereof. Should there be reasons why the contract cannot be awarded within the specified period; the
time may be extended by mutual agreement between the Owner and the Bidder.

A Pre-bid Conference will be held at 10:00 AM on April 28, 2021 at the Selinsgrove Borough Office, 1 North
High Street, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

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