West Wyoming council reports on successful DEP inspection

By Susan Bettinger

For Sunday Dispatch

WEST WYOMING — Councilman Daniel Grescavage reported during the July 15 council meeting that the July 7 inspection of the concrete channel and catch basin located along Abrahams Creek received a “good report” and a “high rating” from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Grescavage thanked residents for their cooperation with the inspection.

“Every gate was opened and unlocked and the grass was cut,” Grescavage said, who asked that residents not “throw anything into the concrete channel and catch basin” as the action could cause a backup of the system.

Mayor Joseph Herbert thanked borough resident and business owner Daniel Skok for his service to the community on July 9. On that day, Skok, who has been owner of the Lighthouse Inn Bar and Grill on Shoemaker Avenue for the past 25 years, removed a substantial blockage in a pipe on Sixth Street in order to open the drain. The blockage contained six inches of dirt and was backed up with a foot of water. Skok lives on Sixth Street in the vicinity of where the blockage occurred.

“There were rocks the size of a bowling ball,” Skok said.

The water was headed toward the Fifth Street Manor, a development of approximately 30 to 40 homes. Skok unblocked the drain pipe by using a stick as well as his hands. He and his wife, Mary Ann, went to the Fifth Street Manor to see if there was any water damage.

Daniel Skok added that residents “need to regain a community-minded spirit, get involved and take pride in their community.” He further added that PennDOT “came out the next day” and made necessary repairs to the storm drain system on Sixth Street and now water is properly “running under Shoemaker Avenue.”

Herbert announced that West Wyoming Boy Scout Troop No. 366 was scheduled to spend the week of July 12 at Goose Pond Boy Scout Camp where the boys will learn skills and earn merit badges. Herbert expressed his gratitude to the Scoutmaster and adult leaders for using vacation time to supervise troop members at the camp.

The next meeting of the West Wyoming Borough Council will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 10.

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