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Repairs To River Common Fishing Pier Will Cost County At Least $50K

July 12, 2018

Repairs To River Common Fishing Pier Will Cost County At Least $50K

WILKES-BARRE — It will cost at least $50,000 to repair damage to the fishing pier at River Common in Wilkes-Barre, according to Edmund O’Neill, director of the Luzerne County division of operational services.

The county-owned pier along the Susquehanna River sustained damage in ice-jam flooding in late January, O’Neill said at Tuesday’s county council meeting.

Chunks of ice on the swollen river, that briefly peaked above flood stage on Jan. 25, damaged large stones at the fishing pier. Repairs will require cranes and heavy equipment to lift the stones that weigh several tons, O’Neill said.

The county’s insurance policy does not cover the damage to the pier, and it is likely the county flood protection authority’s insurance also will not cover the damage, as it occurred in a recreational area, he said.

The county will pursue all possible funding options, including grants, to obtain the $50,000 to $60,000 needed for the repairs, O’Neill said.

If no other funding materializes, the county might use part of a recreational fund derived from the county’s share of natural gas impact fees to pay for the work, he said.

Also on Tuesday, council appointed four new members to the county Children and Youth Advisory Board: Ciro Cinti, Martin Dartoe, Lawrence Marchetti and Eileen Song.

A split vote with two council members absent prevented council from filling a vacancy on the county convention center authority, which oversees Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Twp.

Five council members voted to appoint James Reino to the vacant seat, while four voted for Neal DeAngelo.

Six votes — a majority of the 11-member council — are required for appointments to county boards and commissions. Councilmen Stephen A. Urban and Chris Perry did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.

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emark@citizensvoice.com

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