Logan supervisors hear arguments on water issue

Logan Township supervisors agreed Thursday that the developer of a housing development with 22 lots proposed for a wooded area above Lakemont should pursue public water instead of digging wells.

After several Lakemont residents told supervisors about their own well water, they convinced supervisors that additional wells will likely cause more problems.

“If you go below 100 feet up there, the water quality is terrible,” David Biseli, 408 Gage Ave., said. “The iron, the sulpher … every three days, you’re cleaning your toilet bowl.”

Others said they fear the digging of more wells will leave them with less water. That’s what happened after construction of the Chapel Hill housing development, the residents said.

Engineer Gary Wiser and L.J. Seidel, representatives for Stiffler, McGraw & Associates, Hollidaysburg, on behalf of property owner Chris Reighard, told supervisors that plans for the proposed Lakeview Estates remain under development. Before proceeding further, they wanted to know if supervisors would look favorably on likely variance requests.

The proposed housing development will be within 1,000 feet of the Altoona Water Authority’s public supply, but Wiser said it’s not possible to link into the public system because of the location.

“That would take an off-site improvement,” Wiser said.

Lakemont residents told the supervisors that they petitioned the Altoona Water Authority 22 years ago for public water.

“The only way you will get water up there is with a pumping station or a tower, Biseli said.

Seidel told supervisors that a hydrogeolocial study identified a sufficient water supply, which led to the proposal of wells for the half acre to acre size lots.

If land development plans are submitted with that proposal, an independent study could be done for verification, township Director of Development Cassandra Schmick said.

Supervisors agreed that they would prefer to have this development connect to public water.

Lakemont residents also told supervisors that the development of that higher-level ground is likely to create stormwater management issues for their properties. They also said access routes are going to generate problems.

“This is going to create a major thoroughfare from Frankstown down to the ballpark,” said Richard Meintel, 422 Parrish St.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.