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Issue 30 — Thursday, February 23, 2017
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PCL&P Execs Discuss
Transition From O&R Service
By Ken Baumel

MATAMORAS — Pike County Light and Power (PCL&P) representatives spoke at the regular monthly Matamoras Borough Council meeting about the ongoing Corning Natural Gas Holding Company's (CNGHC) transition timetable and customer service matters. At the meeting held last Tuesday at Borough Hall, PCL&P General Manager Steven L. Grandinali, a 28-year O&R veteran, and PCL&P Customer Affairs Manager Katrina L. Colvin-Stilts said that though CNGHC) acquired PCL&P on Sept. 1, 2016, Corning and O&R are phasing the transition until Aug. 31. Should the transition take a little longer than anticipated, Corning has the option to request an extension. During the transition, O&R is continuing to provide some services, such as electric and gas construction work, customer service, meter reading, and billing.

Colvin-Stilts said that customers who suffer electric outages, smell gas leaks, or encounter emergencies (such as a tree downing an electric line) should call (877) 434-4100. But, those seeking new electric or gas service, those upgrading service, or other service issues, such as general questions, should call (570) 832-2988 during PCL&P office hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Grandinali said that PCL&P customers who want to pay bills in person should go to the only PCL&P office that is open to the public in this coverage area. That office is at 105 Schneider Lane in Westfall Township, next to Tractor Supply, off Route 6/209.

Also, PCL&P has given county 9-1-1 and municipal officials cell numbers and other contact options for emergencies or pressing issues after hours, weekends, and holidays. Grandinali said that PCL&P electric service area covers Westfall, Matamoras Borough, Milford Township, Milford Borough, and part of Dingman Township. The PCL&P gas service covers only part of Westfall and all of Matamoras Borough. The gas service runs from the area south of Delaware Drive, along both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, and along Route 6/209 from 10th Street to the area encompassing Best Western Inn and Hampton Inn... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Calling All Employers!
Job Fair

MATAMORAS — Calling All Employers! An interesting and unusual alliance of organizations has partnered once again to host another Job Fair which is set for Thursday, April 20 at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Best Western Inn at Hunts Landing in Matamoras, PA.

The organization known as WORKING PIKE is a collaboration of Pike Country Government, Pike County Commissioners, Faith-Based Assemblies and Private Organizations. Its mission is to build a stronger community through this partnership. WORKING PIKE will bring individuals who are unemployed and underemployed together with major employers from the tristate area. We hope you will join us for this special event!

If you are like most employers struggling to find qualified workers, you won't want to miss this day. Job seekers will be recruited from Pike, Monroe, Wayne, Sullivan, Orange and Sussex Counties and will receive an employer directory that highlights your company and employment opportunities. Last year's event saw over 600 jobseekers in this single event.

Tables are going fast and space is limited so please contact the Pike County Economic Development Authority, (570)296-7332 or the Pike County Workforce Development Agency, (570)296-2909 as soon as possible to guarantee your reservation.

PennDOT Reports On I-84, Pond Eddy Bridge Projects

MILFORD — At last week's regular monthly Pike County Road Task Force meeting, Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation (PennDOT) briefed members on PennDOT's 2017 major road and bridge projects in Pike County. The Task Force met at the Pike County Administration building on Broad Street in Milford Borough. PennDOT's Senior Chief Engineer/Transportation Manager John F, Arcangelo, P.E., gave the report.

Arcangelo reported that work is ongoing on westbound I-84 between the Milford and Lords Valley interchanges. This is a multi-year I-84 reconstruction project that covers all of I-84 from the bridge that spans the Delaware River and connects Pennsylvania to New York State to the Route 380 interchange in Lackawanna County. This year, PennDOT is continuing reconstruction in Pike County and preparing for the Wayne County segments, noted Arcangelo.

In Pike, PennDOT is doing median placements for temporary crossovers, related excavations, drainage system upgrades, guide rail installations and repairs, repainting lane lines, installing erosion-and-sedimentation buffers in work zones, and temporary bridge repairs in the corridor. Single-lane traffic on part of the westbound route around Rattlesnake Bridge continues through February.

On the Pond Eddy Bridge project, Arcangelo reported that the PennDOT contractor recently completed concrete curing and is placing an abutment on the New York side of the river. Last week, the contractor started driving the piles for the center pier. The contractor spliced piles together to reach bedrock and achieve full load-bearing capacity. The crew reached the bedrock and expects to place concrete for the pier footer by Feb. 28, which keeps the overall project on schedule... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Repairs Under Way At South End Of Route 2001

BUSHKILL — Several major Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation's (PennDOT) Route 2001 road-rebuilding initiatives are ongoing, according to Pike County Road Task Force Chairman John Sivick. Sivick said that years of delay plagued the second leg of the project, which runs from Little Egypt Road in Lehman Township to Rockledge Road in Delaware Township.

Issues prompting delays included the following:

• Lack of funding to cover higher than anticipated costs;
• Securing rights-of way;
• Discovery of pyrite (a potential pollutant) under the base of part of the Lehman Township portion of Route 2001;
• Controversies on where to store the excavated pyrite;
• The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area's concerns about stormwater-drainage installation;
• Differing priorities among utility companies on relocating utility poles;
• Lack of coordination among many agencies and stakeholders.

After Lehman Township supervisors Rob Rohner, Dick Vollmer, and Sivick helped get all the players on the same page by hosting meetings or getting players together at one venue, the sticking points got resolved and the project started to move. And, once PennDOT secured additional funding, the project was bid out. A mild winter is helping PennDOT's project contractor Leeward make rapid progress, noted Sivick.

Three of the following more challenging projects started this winter:

• Preparing two PennDOT lots located about 1/2 mile south of Rockledge Road for storing the excavated pyrite;
• Coordinating all the utility companies for relocating poles. The relocation is part of PennDOT's Route 2001 redesign in Lehman Township, which includes taking out severe curves, expanding the width of the road, adding shoulders where none exist now, and expanding the right-of-way corridor;
• Installing a temporary two-lane bridge just south of Mink Pond Road, located adjacent to the Pocono Mountain Lake Estates' parking lot in front of their Club House... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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