CLEARFIELD – At Tuesday’s Clearfield Municipal Authority meeting, the board learned that the Sanitary Sewer Overflow had to be opened for three days during the major rain and flooding event earlier this month.
However, due to the unprecedented weather, the state Department of Environmental Protection informed CMA that the authority would not be fined for opening the SSO.
DEP had placed a deadline for CMA to close the SSO in Hyde by Sept. 1. If the SSO had to be opened after that deadline, DEP would begin fining the authority a minimum of $10,000 per day.
DEP informed CMA that other systems had experienced problems with flow into their systems, with overwhelmed treatment plants, during the several days of steady rain.
Manager John Williams said he had crews out during that time checking manholes. He said they found high water flows in the Hyde area and took video recordings of the water, which will be saved. CMA will be investigating in those areas in the future.
Williams added that the Combined Sewer Overflow near CVS Pharmacy was also opened at the time.
The board also learned the state Department of Community and Economic Development Small Water and Sewer grant program meeting was held to consider applications for multiple projects.
CMA had applied for funding for work on the Mount Joy Pumping Station. Engineer Jim Balliet said he has seen some of the projects that were chosen for funding, but not a full list.
However, he did not see where Clearfield has been chosen for the grant funding while other local projects were funded.
CMA also opened bids for stone and awarded the apparent low bids to Bucktail Excavating. The bids were $14.93 per ton for 2A stone and $17.98 per ton for No. 3 stone.