South Main Road, Capitol Hill Residents Voice Complaints At Wright Supervisors’ Meeting

It was standing room only during the May meeting of the Wright Township Board of Supervisors as a group of South Main Road residents came to hear about PennDot’s plans to replace a culvert and an even larger group of Capitol Hill residents returned for a third time to the board to complain of neighbors’ dilapidated properties.

Chris Rood, civil engineer, and Gerard Babinski, district bridge engineer, both from PennDot, displayed a map at the meeting and blueprints of their plans to replace an existing culvert on South Main Road, just south of Nuangola Road.

Expected to take between six and 10 weeks, the project will begin in June of 2017. A portion of South Main Road will be closed during that time and traffic will be rerouted from Nuangola Road to Church Road and back to South Main.

Some residents shouted out that the existing culvert pipe is useless, as rainwater floods their properties and has caused erosion. The new culvert pipe will be slightly bigger than the existing one, Rood noted.

“We’ll improve the hydraulics on this,” Babinski explained, adding that concrete wings and ridges in the piping should help drainage. When pressed by residents

about the need to dredge the creek, Babinski said that wouldn’t be a PennDot project, but rather something the Department of Environmental Protection would undertake. He promised to reach out to DEP officials about it. Babinski then invited residents to meet with him after the township meeting so he could note their concerns.

Next, about two dozen residents from the Capitol Hill Village neighborhood complained to the board again about the apartment building on Charter Drive. Last month, the board was presented with photos of the property and a list of issues, compiled by neighbors, including cracked foundation, overflowing dumpsters, and lack of exterior lighting.

Supervisor Donald Zampetti stated that a “notice of nuisance” was sent to D. E. Hall Enterprises, of Montoursville, the apartment owner. The owner was originally given 30 days to correct the issues and, when he stated that wasn’t enough time, was given an extension of 90 days, Zampetti said. He must correct immediate issues, such as garbage, within the 30 days, however.