MS4 requirements discussed at Ransom Twp. Supervisors meeting

June 19th, 2015 9:18 am

First Posted: 11/4/2014

Bernie McGurl, executive director of the Lackawanna River Corridor, spoke on the new MS4 requirements at the Ransom Township Board of Supervisors meeting Nov. 3.

By law, all operators of municipal separate storm water sewer systems (MS4s) must develop and implement stormwater management plans. McGurl gave a presentation explaining what that means and offering the support of his organization, which he said can help provide educational materials, set up a table at community events and offer advice on the matter.

He described the MS4 Stormwater Program as “a new area of responsibility under the Clean Water Act (of 1996),” and broke down the requirements into six categories, giving an explanation of each, corresponding with a handout on the topic: public education and outreach, public participation and involvement, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction site runoff control, post-construction runoff control and pollution prevention and good housekeeping.

McGurl suggested teaming up with other local municipalities through the Abington Council of Governments (ACOG) to produce an educational booklet for distribution among residents. He plans to speak at the upcoming ACOG meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Clarks Green Borough Municipal Building.

Other items discussed include:

  • Lackawanna County Community Relations Coordinator Rick Notari announced various upcoming county events, including a free arts and culture business seminar, open to county artists, to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 Monday, Nov. 10 in Scranton on the launch pad on Linden Street; the annual Festival of Trees Dec. 12-31 at the Trolley Museum in Scranton and the commissioners’ breakfast, to which the township officials are invited, at 8 a.m. Dec. 4 at PNC Field. He also provided the supervisors with a copy of the commissioners’ budget message, highlighting the 2015 budget, which he said includes no tax increase.
  • Chairman Dennis Macheska announced the supervisors will vote to adopt a new contract with Comcast, as well as adopt a house sign ordinance at the Dec. 1 meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the township building on Hickory Lane. A public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. prior to the meeting to review the ordinances and answer questions.
  • Macheska also announced the township was victim to a recent vandalism at its barn on the Greenspace property. He told residents in attendance at the meeting to call the South Abington Police Department if they see anyone other than township employees or officials at the property, which is now under video surveillance.
  • The municipal building on Hickory Lane will once again serve as a drop-off location for Toys for Tots. New, unwrapped toys, to be given to children in need, will be collected there until Dec. 11.
  • The treasury report showed $567,400.42 in the general fund and $1,340,707.12 in liquid fuels.
  • This month’s recycling dates are Nov. 20 for Milwaukee and Ransom and Nov. 21 for Mount Dewey.
  • Roadmaster David Bird said the road crew is finishing the mowing and working to keep the ditches open and clear of leaves. He said residents should contact the township should they notice any problem areas.