By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
NORTHUMBERLAND — The director of Splashland, also a Northumberland Borough Council member, has good news to report about a 6-year-old Shamokin boy who nearly drowned in the community pool June 19.
Councilman Greg Carl began his report at Tuesday night’s council meeting by saying the child is doing fine “and appears to have fully recovered.”
The boy was found at the bottom of the pool and resuscitated at Splashland before being taken by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
Carl said he has visited with the family.
The council discussed thanking those involved in saving the boy’s life at a future meeting.
In other business, Brian Book, a senior associate with the Hazen and Sawyer engineering firm, State College, offered a status report on the new wastewater plant project, scheduled for completion in 2015.
He said testing has revealed that sludge collected by the system likely will require an increased chemical oxygen demand. “What this means is that you might have to build one or two additional sludge storage tanks,” Book said. A third option would be to maintain the existing sludge system.
He asked that council consider the options and make a decision. An additional tank would increase the cost of the overall project by about $1 million. Two tanks would cost about $1.5 million, he said.
“We would rework the project budget” to keep the overall cost under $12 million, Book said.
The next step in the project is to buy nitrogen and phosphorus credits, as required by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s consent agreement, and initiate what is called a second opinion peer review. That’s a standard procedure used by the state to ensure that project milestones and projections are accurate.
“It’s a way to make sure that we will be spending the state’s money wisely,” Book said.
The 40th annual Pineknotter Days celebration runs from Monday through July 5. The Pineknotter of the Year will be named at 8 p.m. Monday.