By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
DANVILLE — When the floodwall project is finished in December, $1.5 million will remain from a $3.7 million state grant, municipal officials said.
The borough has received permission from the state Department of Community and Economic Development to spend $500,000 of the balance of the H2O grant on additional work on the flood protection system along Sechler Run, Blizzard Run and Mahoning Creek.
That work requires assistance from Larson Design for engineering services not to exceed $36,519 which will be part of the $500,000.
The Danville borough Council approved the additional work at its meeting Tuesday night,
As for the remaining $1 million, the council asked Borough Manager Shannon Berkey and Dan Knorr, administrator of governmental affairs, to determine if there are any flood control projects that can be funded with the grant.
“What Mr. (Bill) Rogers and the council want us to look at are there any other levee improvements we have out there specific to other levee improvements we would be able to fold into this grant,” Knorr said.
“And would we be able to do that quickly enough and to get approval for them,” he said.
He said the borough has money left over because the bid for the closure project, currently going on, came in much lower than anticipated.
Susquehanna Supply Co. of Williamsport was low bidder for the construction work costing $1.48 million.
With engineering costs and inspection fees, the closure project will total $2.25 million.
Danville officials have said if the closure structure, at Routes 54 and 11, would have been in place in September 2011, millions of dollars of damage from a flooding Mahoning Creek could have been prevented to the Danville Middle School, Danville’s sewage treatment plant and businesses along Route 11.
“We thought the closure project would take up the entire grant,” Knorr said.
“It’s one of those things that’s a good problem to have. It’s not as if we wasted a grant opportunity,” he said.
The challenge will be that any other project or projects funded with the remaining grant would have to be done by June 30.
“Do we have anything else out there that can be approved and completed in six or seven months,” he said.