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Exeter anticipates report to alleviate floods

EXETER – The much-anticipated CD-ROM containing information about the Hicks Creek Watershed solution and possible pumping station to alleviate flooding in the borough is expected to be in council’s hands later this week.

“We’ll review it, along with the county’s engineer and the borough’s engineer so we are educated about what’s going to happen,” said Richard Murawski, chairman of the Exeter borough council. “We want to be informed about what’s going on, so when residents ask us questions, we’re able to answer them.”

Murawski said he didn’t know what to expect from the study, which was conducted by state and federal government officials, but will have a public meeting about the matter once the report is reviewed by council members. The meeting date will be announced by council.

The state Department of Environmental Protection reviewed the draft, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Residents and council members would like to see a pumping station put in along Hicks Creek, which Murawski said could cost anywhere from $1.3 million to $3 million. However, Karen Szwast, recycling coordinator for the borough and founder of the Hicks Creek Watershed, said because of inflation in recent years, the cost could be three times that, depending on what scale station is needed.

Residents told council they would like to see the initial report, before it was looked at and reviewed by the DEP and U.S. Army Corps, of the solution for Hicks Creek.

“If there’s no pumping station allowed, I don’t know what to do. It’s too early to think that way,” Murawski said.

“We just want to see a solution that will result in no flooding or ground water saturation for residents,” said Phillip Knobel, an Exeter resident. “We want whatever works.”

Council members also discussed construction of ramps leading to Hick Creek to allow for maintenance such as grass cutting. The ramps will be composed of soil and gravel to allow workers to drive down to the creek.

Council also announced three bids for the access ramps, which will be located near Schooley Avenue, Exeter Avenue and Troback Drive. The bids will be decided on at the July 10 meeting.

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