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Tropical Storm Isaias Top Issue at Bally Meeting
Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner, Correspondent

            Despite Isaias, Bally Borough Council held its regular meeting on Tuesday night.  Borough Council Manager Wendy Mutter reported that, after the borough was pounded by 6.5 inches of rain and wind, some borough streets were flooded and residents reported electrical outages.

            Route 100 from the Bally Pub to Quigley's Chevrolet was underwater for a time.  Fortunately, there was no damage to borough streets.  The manager noted there was no electric at the borough reservoir or the borough well. After a conversation with MetEd, Bally's electric provider, Mutter relayed that service will be restored to the well and reservoir sometime before Friday.

            She noted the borough well is a "public water supply".  The borough sewer plant capacity was over its limit by 4.32%.  However, there was no spill.  Bally has the capacity to store overflow and process it later.

            After all the work the borough and its recreation council, Bally Area Recreation Development (BARDS), have done to get the borough pool ready for the summer season, Mother Nature handed them a setback with Isaias. Mutter reported the borough pool was flooded. 

            The big pool's and baby pool's pumps may have suffered damage.  At this time it is not certain if both must be replaced.  They must be started to determine the extent of the damage.  According to Mutter the big pool pump is "not an off the shelf item."  The baby pool pump can be replaced by a local supplier if it cannot be restarted. Additionally, the entire pool building was "muddied out" and must be cleaned. 

            In other matters, the borough council extended its Declaration of Emergency due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

            There is a tentative agreement for the transfer of the Washington Township Municipal Authority/Water (WTMA/Water) to Bally Municipal Authority, pending the acceptance of the transfer by Bally Municipal Authority.  The last water bill will be sent by the WTMA/Water on August 31.  However, because of the difference in the way billing is issued between Bally and the WTMA/Water, the transfer will occur retroactively on August 1. 

            Currently, Bally provides water to approximately 109 customers located in Washington Township.

            Mutter reported the borough's general fund is in good shape.  Bally's income has rebounded since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down of businesses and quarantine of citizens.  She noted in the borough's budget for 2021, reserve funds will be set aside to dredge a section of a creek from South 7th Street to South Church Street.  The creek has begun to compromise and undercut South Church Street.  The borough plans to repave Pine Street next year.

            The Bally Borough Council approved a payment of $7,155 to Insituform for work it performed on the borough's sewer rehabilitation project.





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