A solution to a localized flooding issue that plagued residents of East Old Cumberland and King Streets between South Eighth Street and South 15th Avenue in South Lebanon Township was presented at the May 24 supervisors’ meeting.
Dan Lyons, director of programs for the Lebanon County Redevelopment Authority, presented the details of Avon’s stormwater improvement plan. The proposal is designed to alleviate an alleyway flooding problem that has been affecting residents for some time.
The work will be carried out under the annual grant program of the Federal Community Development Funding Program administered by Lebanon County. The township has a moving balance of $456,500 in this program.
One of the keys to the project is the relocation of utilities, including a gas line that runs under the driveway. It affects 28 houses on either side of the lane.
Another factor addressed, according to Township Manager Jamie Yiengst, is “sloping the flat driveway so that stormwater drains properly.”
Tendering for the project will open on May 31.
In other matters, Rob Gearhart, Jr., partner and owner of Matthew & Hockley Associates, Engineers and Land Surveyors of Lebanon, representing Travis Hibshman, received board approval to subdivide 501 S. 14th Ave. into two residential properties. A farm and barn currently exist on the property, both rentals, with utility service to the barn flowing from the farm. The Township Planning Commission had approved the subdivision without contest. Although the property is in an industrial area, Hibshman plans to keep the properties subdivided for residential purposes.
Council also approved the Hibshman Erosion and Sedimentation Plan on the condition that proposed water and sewer services for one of the properties meet a five-year moratorium on connection to township services due of the recent repaving of 14th Avenue South. To meet this condition, the developer provided the township with a letter of credit of $24,985 to cover the future installation in 2026.
In a separate case, Chairman Steve Krause said bids to replace 15 lamp posts at South Gate Manor “are higher than expected”, with a low bid of $120,000. So the township chose to go through Pennsylvania’s COSTARS Cooperative Purchasing Program to replace the lights for $35,750. The installation will be carried out by the public works team of the municipality.
The council approved the request for assistance from the Sainte-Cécile Parish Fire Police during its festival, June 9, 10 and 11.
Supervisors will meet again at 7 p.m. June 7 at the Township Building, 1800 S. Fifth Ave., Lebanon.