Borough Council discuss wastewater usage
Penn State wastewater utility engineer David Swisher presented the current plan for necessary improvements at the Penn State Wastewater Treatment Plant during the Borough Council’s meeting on Monday night.
Swisher and the council discussed several of the current problems faced by the wastewater treatment plant, including an aged infrastructure and, as commented on by several council members, an odor which comes from the plant that spreads over a 2-4 block radius. As well, Swisher commented that the plan will account for the growing campus population when taking in consideration flow rate.
The plan calls for an improvement in wastewater quality by renovating the aged infrastructure, improving treatment and energy efficiency, improving onsite safety for workers and visitors, and improving educational and research opportunities, all while building on the same ecological footprint they’ve created.
“It is an environmentally sensitive area,” commented Swisher while explaining the need to be environmentally conscious.
The project will be privately funded by Penn State University and is estimated to cost around 46 million dollars.
David Stone, a resident in the borough, questioned the use of wastewater on campus and the borough, and stated that while he agrees an upgrade to the facility is needed that a clear study about the water and its uses should be published.
“I’ve lost my faith in Penn State’s decision making… through an open process we can maybe rebuild trust,” said Stone.
The council unanimously approved all of the following consent items:
- Approve the closure of Calder Alley, between Locust Lane and McAllister Street, for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School, from Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22, 2018, each evening between 5:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
- Accept the resignation of Michael Straw, with regret, from the LGBTQ Advisory Committee, effective immediately.
- Appoint Thomas E. Daubert as the borough’s Historian with a term ending on December 31, 2019.
- Approve payroll and accounts payable vouchers for the month of January totaling $4,727,647.16.
Those interested can see full meeting minutes here.