Septic change near Mauch Chunk Lake Park gets vetted – Times News Online

Published on August 26, 2022 12:19 p.m

Carbon County officials offered their opinion on a proposed change that would allow a septic system to be installed on the property near Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

Last week, Commissioner Chris Lukasevich said the county narrowly authorized its attorney earlier this month to draft a zoning change that would allow the sewage system on properties near the lake.

The county requires all properties within a half-mile of the lake to be connected to public sewers, but the amendment would allow on-property sewerage systems for properties 5 acres or larger that cover at least 1,000 feet but less than a half are mile tall. from Mauch Chunk Lake.

Lukasevich said the county has “always been vigilant when items of this nature could potentially interfere with the quality recreational experience that the county offers to its residents and visitors.”

He cited September 1980 when the county purchased about 1,100 acres of Mount Pisgah, which helped connect the switchback to the Mauch Chunk Lake Park and Canal Heritage Corridor.

Lukasevich said there are three things that come to mind about the potential zoning change, including the need for the county to be alert to potential code or zoning changes that could affect the quality of the recreational experience; that the county must be proactive when opportunities arise to acquire land like this; and if funds were available, the county could take potential action to protect the watershed.

Commissioners Chairman Wayne Nothstein said that in 2002 the county eliminated its Lake Park waste collection tanks and built sewers and installed mill pumps.

“The goal of this (project) was to protect the water quality,” he said, noting that Jim Thorpe uses water from Mauch Chunk Lake as a backup supply.

The Commissioners have not taken any action on this matter as none was needed.

Jim Thorpe Parish Council approved the change 4-2, with two members of the borough planning commission, Louis Hall and John McGuire, opposing the plan because they believed a buffer to protect the water should remain in place .

“I think the council would make a very bad decision if they allowed the change,” Hall said at the council meeting. “There’s enough acreage up there that it could become a 45-50 home division. People would much rather go to a lake in the Pocono Mountains than a community of 40 or 50 houses.”

Council members Jessica Crowley and Bob Schaninger voted no in favor of the change.

The property in question belongs to Edward Kanick. His attorney says it would cost Kanick more than $500,000 to connect to a public sewer line based on the location of the property in conjunction with where a line now resides.

The zoning change has yet to be referred back to the planning commission after the attorney drafts the changes before the council can accept them for approval.

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