The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

June 9, 2014

Resident: Dust from Washies ballfields still a problem

DANVILLE — A woman who complained about dust from the Washies baseball fields last month returned to a Danville Borough Council meeting Tuesday night.

“It still hasn’t been taken care of,” Sylvia Dressler, of Grand Street, told council members.

“It’s to the extent that it is harmful to people who live there. Their homes and health are in jeopardy,” she said.

Dressler talked with several residents in the Foust Street area about the dust.

She said cars travel an alley near her home from 4:30 to 11 p.m.  

“I scrub and sweep my porch all the time. I can’t sit on it,” she said.

A resident of that area since 1958, she said she hasn’t been able to reach anyone at the Washies Fire Company which owns the ballfields.

Jackie Hart, director of code and building development, said she would provide Dressler with the phone number of the person to contact at the Washies.

Dressler also complained about lights at the ballfields being on until 11:15 at night.

She said the light shines in her downstairs bedroom and into her kitchen.

“A woman on Grand Street can’t sleep at night even with her blinds closed,” she said.

When Dressler attended the council’s meeting in May, public works director John Hack said he could look into the complaint but said Little League has a man who takes care of the fields.

Last year, calcium was spread on streets in that area to keep down dust, Hack said.

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