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East Greenville’s Boil Water Order Could be Lifted Thursday
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Though the broken water line in East Greenville has been repaired, a boil water advisory for residents of the 200 block of Cherry Street remains, according to Administrative Manager Jim Fry.

            Following Monday's borough council meeting, Fry explained that the order could be lifted Thursday as municipal officials wait for the results of a recent water test. He said the July 1 discovery of a break in the water main impacted 27 service connections.

            Because of the break, residents experienced a loss of water pressure and have been notified not to drink the water without boiling it first. A loss of that pressure could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow by back pressure or back siphonage, according to a notice posted on the borough's website.

            Construction crews repaired the damaged water line the same day it was discovered. According to the manager, they replaced a portion of the cast-iron piping with a ductile iron pipe.

            According to Fry, crews rebuilding that portion of Cherry Street discovered the break. He said there's no way of knowing if the construction caused a crack along a seam in the bottom of the pipe.

            During the meeting, council voted to approve a change order worth $2,160 for the work, which is unrelated to the water line. The money is necessary to remove unstable material and install contracted stone, according to Fry.

            Work to reconstruct a section of Cherry Street, in the works for several years, is nearing completion.

            "The work is well underway," Fry said.

            The two local business owners who run the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony appeared before council to propose an expansion. Robert McCarty and Chris Kalb told the members they are looking to hold the event Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m., two hours longer than normal

            McCarty said they are looking to invite food trucks and local brewers. He suspects they will likely be requesting road closures similar to what is utilized during Community Day.

Pennsburg officials heard the presentation previously and expressed their support. East Greenville's elected officials responded similarly.

            "I like it. What do you need from the borough?" Mayor Stephen Wescott asked.

            The members also voted unanimously to hire a Whitpain law firm to serve as the solicitor for the borough's reconstituted Civil Service Commission. Rudolph Clarke, LLC will be paid $150 per hour and not require a retainer, said Solicitor Michael Peters.

            Members Joseph Rock and John Dingler did not attend the meeting. Council met in executive session an hour prior to the meeting to discuss issues of personnel and legal issues, according to President Angie Fegely.

            In June, the Borough of East Greenville Police Department responded to 126 total incidents, according to information collected by Chief Randy Morris and posted on the bulletin board outside the meeting room. They included 37 for traffic, 16 for public service, eight each for parking and assists, five for warrants, four each for theft and vandalism, one fire and one disorderly. The list also includes 40 incidents identified as "other."






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