County urged to adopt compressor station ordinance

BY STACI WILSON

The county commissioners were urged to vote in favor of an ordinance that would address noise pollution associated with natural gas compressor stations.

Frank Pinkowski, of Forest Lake Twp., voiced his support of the proposed amendment to the county’s subdivision ordinance proposed by the planning commission.

The amendment addresses natural gas compressor stations and wastewater treatment facilities.

Planning has turned the proposed ordinance over to the commissioners for review. The proposed amendment to the subdivision ordinance has not yet been advertised or acted on by the county.

Commissioner Michael Giangreico asked Pinkowski if he knew what the decibel level for noise the planning commission proposed in the ordinance.

Giangrieco said a similar ordinance was in the works in Windsor, N.Y. and that a natural gas pipeline company that plans to construct a compressor station there had already agreed to adhere to the proposed level.

Giangrieco said, “I expect our ordinance would match or be very close (to the one in Windsor).”

Pinkowski also recommended the county website be updated with links and information about the natural gas industry.

The commissioners appointed members to the Susquehanna County Conservation District Board of Directors.

George Gardner, Montrose, was appointed as Public Director to a four-year term, beginning Jan. 1, 2011 and ending Dec. 31, 2014.

Wesley Parks, Susquehanna, was also appointed to the Board for a four-year term as a Farmer Director.

Commissioner MaryAnn Warren was appointed as Commissioner Director for a one-year term, beginning Jan. 1, 2011 and ending Dec. 31 of next year.

The commissioners also signed an agreement with Maximus Consulting Services, Inc., Harrisburg, for the current year through 2012 at a cost of $4,600 per year.

Maximus reports the worth of every square foot of the courthouse and county office building. The county uses the report to allocate administrative costs to each department, Warren explained.

She also said the county has worked with the consulting service for this purpose for years.

The week of Nov. 19-25 was proclaimed “Farm City Week” in Susquehanna County.

The 44th annual Farm City Feast will be held Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Mountain View High School. Contact the Extension Office at 278-1158 for information or tickets. Tickets for the dinner are $10.

Liaison to the Susquehanna County Library Board Toby Anderson presented those in attendance a small note about the children’s programs offered at the county libraries. Programs include Babies & Books, Toddler Time, Story Hour and Summer Reading.

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