The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

April 10, 2013

Water line will extend to Twin Lakes Road

PORTAGE — Portage Township is preparing to pump something fresh into the Twin Lakes Road area: city water.

The board voted to adopt an ordinance that would replace aged water line infrastructure across Route 53 and Jamestown Road, fixing up Twin Lakes residents with new hydrants and taps to replace their well water supplies. The decision came at a special supervisors meeting Tuesday morning.

“Everybody down in Twin Lakes, their wells are being influenced by the Hughes Borehole,” said Ron Cadwallader, manager of Portage Municipal Water Authority.

The borehole is a major contributor to acid mine drainage into the Little Conemaugh River.

The township engaged the state Department of Environmental Protection, which took samples of residents’ wells and qualified the township for a pass-through grant to fix the affected lines.

But that’s not the only free money in play. Nearly $1 million will come from leftover stimulus funds from a Rural Utility Services project in the Martindale and Spring Hill area.

According to Cadwallader, the line replacement work was plotted out in the authority’s 10-year redevelopment plan, which began in early 2000 and is being updated to reflect current issues. He said the authority already has “knocked out a good bit of it.”

Cadwallader estimated that 20 to 30 people live on Twin Lakes Road, but the addition of city water lines could open up new opportunities to expand the customer base.

“Every 1,000 feet, there’ll be a new hydrant and there’ll be new taps put in for everybody along that stretch,” Cadwallader said. “I’ve already had inquiries from people that own property or are looking at property down there or building.

“It’s not gonna really give them that much more pressure, but (will) give the volume for fire protection,” he said. “Nobody’s going to see a difference when they turn their spigots on. (It’s) just to get better water quality for an infrastructure that’s been there for a long time that needs to be replaced.”

Cadwallader said the project is expected to be completed by late August or early September. Crews are preparing Jamestown Road for a line to be bored underneath Route 53, which will extend down Sportsman’s Road and onto Twin Lakes Road.

Residents will be notified at their doors on the day their service is scheduled to be switched over.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Halfway house inmates can ease back into society

    Prison life can be a time warp.
    When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

    April 19, 2014

  • Crime board took aim at house

    Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
    One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

    April 19, 2014

  • Homicides linked to center

    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
    Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

    April 19, 2014

  • bachota Volunteers helping to spruce up community

    Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
    The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • alanna Hartzok targets income disparity

    Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
    The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Schools rise to leadership challenge

    Forest Hills and Cambria Heights high school students put the spirit of healthy competition toward a good cause and picked up some lessons in leadership along the way.

    April 19, 2014

  • KATEY LADIKA Student’s photos win awards

    A Forest Hills High School junior has captured several awards in a high school arts and writing contest that has identified greats such as Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jim Siehl JIM SIEHL | Music to my ears

    Seldom has $15 produced such a high level of entertainment as it did a few weeks ago when I found myself in the second row just left of center keeping back the tears once again during my third live performance of “Les Miserables.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michele Bender Bye, bye, Easter birdies

    Animals fascinated my mom. Riding the train between Johnstown and Philly, she saw horses, pigs, sheep, cows … a Mattel See ’n Say of farm critters.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill Eggert Columnist Photo Travelogue of terror features Johnstown area

    A historic week will surround the venerable Silver Drive-In come the beginning of May.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

Poll

Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads