Paving sparks complaints in Logan

Pottsgrove Road project causes flooding issues

A Pottsgrove Road resident complained to Logan Township supervisors Thursday that the recent paving of Pottsgrove has caused flooding in his garage and the yard of a house he owns across the street.

Randy Collier stressed that he wasn’t angry and didn’t blame the supervisors or the contractor — which he said did a fine job — but said he’d like municipal help in solving the problem.

The township’s highway foreman has visited the property and has suggested that township workers install inlets in the gutter at both ends of Collier’s driveway entrance, but Collier said that wouldn’t eliminate all the flooding — which has resulted because of the addition of 2 inches to the height of the road, Collier said.

He suggested that, rather than installing inlets, the township could give him cold patch asphalt to create a barrier at the mouth of his driveway as a temporary fix, while he plans for a more permanent one — which might involve the installation of drains.

He expects to spend some money to correct the problem, but shouldn’t need to bear the whole cost, he said.

The township probably can’t provide him with cold patch because that would violate a prohibition against giving materials to residents, just as township em­ployees can do work on private property, township Man­ager Tim Brown said after the meeting, while adding that the solicitor is the final authority on such matters.

Collier knows the paving work is the culprit for his flooding because it occurred after a modest rainstorm — the like of which hadn’t caused flooding for him before, he said.

That modest storm sent

4 inches of water into his garage, he said.

Milling of streets before paving can prevent the kind of buildup that has caused the problem for Collier.

But that wouldn’t have been financially feasible for Pottsgrove, Collier told the supervisors.

Pottsgrove doesn’t have a sound enough sub-base for milling, supervisors Chair­man Jim Patterson said.

A further meeting with the highway foreman and with Brown might lead to a resolution, Patterson said.

“I’m looking for guidance,” Collier said. “I don’t think it should be (entirely) my problem.”