The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

October 30, 2013

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JOHNSTOWN — Lincoln Highway series of great interest

Thanks to The Tribune-Democrat for covering the 100 years of the historic Lincoln Highway, U.S. Route 30.

It begins in the east on Virginia Avenue in Atlantic City, N.J., traverses New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and now contiguous in some states with the present interstate highway system and ends at the estuary of the Columbia River at the small city of Astoria, Ore., some 3,000 miles in all.

Locally, lets not forget the seven-mile stretch – straight, without a curve – in Somerset County, and the highway’s proximity to the crash site of Flight 93 near Lambertsville and Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001.

The Ferndale Historical Society is giving out free facsimile copies of Abraham Lincoln’s actual, original manuscript of his Gettysburg Address given on Nov. 19, 1863. (Gettysburg is located along Route 30.)

Wilbert A. Boerstler

President of Ferndale Historical Society

Property owners getting raw deal

It is difficult to comprehend why property owners in the Johnstown area are being forced unnecessarily to replace their sewer lines. The residents of an area as economically distressed as Johnstown cannot afford to spend money they don’t need to spend. The more we learned about the sewer project, the more absurdities we discovered.

In Dave Sutor’s Oct. 10 article in The Tribune-Democrat, he wrote: “The state ordered the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority to address problems in the Johnstown Regional Sewage system that feeds the Dornick Point plant. Council considered three options: building a new treatment plant, putting holding tanks in neighborhoods or replacing deficient lines.” The choice was the one that would cause the most expense and inconvenience to individual property owners.

The Department of Environmental Protection is not mandating an air-pressure test of the sewer lines, which would guarantee that the majority of lines would fail. Why is the city requiring that test if it is not necessary?

We have been told for the past 20 years that the Dornick Point plant is inadequate. After property owners are forced to replace sewer lines that don’t need to be replaced, they will be faced with even higher sewage bills to upgrade the plant.

To top it off, the redevelopment authority has awarded a five-year contract to operate the Dornick Point plant to a foreign-owned, profit-making company, which plans to reduce the workforce and will probably reduce the wages of the remaining workers.

Mike Christ

Johnstown

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