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Pike County Courier > News
Updated: June 6, 2008

Developer will provide in-ground sewage

Gateway Project developer Dino Bradlee responds to a question from the audience at the Save The Dwarfskill Creek meeting.(Photo by Jerry Goldberg)

DINGMAN — Last Saturday, developer Dominic “Dino” Bradlee spoke to over 100 area homeowners who packed the Netimus Summer Camp facility dining room for a meeting of the Coalition To Save The Dwarfskill Creek.

The coalition is a loosely formed group of citizens concerned about Bradlee’s Gateway Project, approximately 300 acres of land across from the Wachovia Bank on state Route 739. The proposed multi-use commercial and 730 residential unit Gateway Project, originally including a 300,000 gallon per day sewage treatment facility which would discharge treated effluent into the Dwarfskill Creek.

Pollution of the creek is the issue and several community residents spoke about their concerns. Dick Hanel, a representative from Marcel Lakes, spoke about the problems his community has had with a failing sewage treatment facility.

In addition, Rick Loomis of Clean Water Action (CWA) a multi-state citizens organization working for clean, safe, and pollution free water. Loomis spoke of rapid growth in many rural areas and the impact this has on rivers and streams.

Bradlee, had been invited and spoke for about 45 minutes, while standing in front of an aerial view display of Gateway. He was interrupted several times when audience members sought answers to their questions. Bradlee told the audience he was intending to switch his original Dwarfskill Creek discharge plans to a land based system which would not discharge into the Dwarfskill.

Sean Strub, owner of the Hotel Fauchere and a landowner along the creek, asked Bradlee whether he was committing to never having any treated sewage effluent discharge into the Dwarfskill.

“No I wouldn’t commit to that because this is going to be a 20 year project and I don’t know what the future holds for Gateway,” Bradlee replied


Bradlee used his aerial view display to show the many different area communities and said most people have to drive a considerable distance just to get a quart of milk. He said Gateway would address some of these concerns by providing necessary retail stores close to heavily populated communities as well as outpatient medical facilities and senior housing.

Bradlee responded to concerns about on-site sewage treatment saying he had already dug over 500 test pits and had lots of soil scientists and engineers look at the data collected. He said that the result of all the testing showed there was not much opportunity for land based disposal on site. He said initial testing showed land based disposal could not accomodate a dense mixed use development, however he said there have been advances in sewage disposal facilities and he claimed his would be so technologically advanced that the effluent discharged would be safe for the environment.

Francis Ruggiero, one of the coalition leaders and a property owner on the creek, asked, “We all want to get along and look forward to your project, but the big problem is whether or not you are going to pollute the Dwarfskill. Can you make a statement this will not be the case and if so would you sign the petition we have going around and become part of this concerned group?”

Bradlee replied, “No I won’t be part of an organization which opposes my project.”

Bradlee left open the question of a future treatment plant discharging into the Dwarfskill. For now his plans are based around sewage treatment with land based drip or spray discharge.



As Reported in the Pike County Dispatch                                        Updated:  June 5, 2008 





Pike County Courier > News
Updated: February 1, 2008

Concerns voiced for sewage plant

Developer Dino Bradlee has submitted a preliminary sewage module plan which is expected to discharge 300,000 gallons of treated waste water into Dwarfskill Creek. (Contributed photo)

DINGMAN — An overflow crowd met supervisors Tuesday wanting to find out about the proposed Gateway Community sewage treatment facility.

Developer Dino Bradlee has submitted a preliminary sewage module plan which is expected to discharge 300,000 gallons of treated waste water into Dwarfskill Creek. The proposed Gateway Community is situated on state Route 739 where it intersects with Log Tavern Road.

The Gateway project is on a 273-acre tract of land surrounded by 5,000 acres of Delaware State Forest. Some 770 low to middle income residential units are planned, consisting of town homes, village apartments, and a town center with commercial, retail, and personal as well as institutional service facilities.

The notice of the first public hearing back in August went unnoticed among pages of tax sales in the newspaper. However recent publicity about the sewage issues for the Dwarfskill created a tide of public concern and fears of irreversible damage to Dwarfskill Creek, Raymondskill Creek, and downstream Crescent Lake and surrounding wet lands.

Crescent Lake is fed by Dwarfskill Creek, flowing into it at a winter rate of approximately 32,000 gallons per day. At the far end of the lake there is a spillway which allows the water to exit the lake and flow into Raymondskill Creek a short distance downstream.

Crescent Lake is the home of 70 private residences that use the lake for swimming and fishing. Pat Stabb, president of Crescent Lake Homeowners Association said, “Add 300,000 gallons of treated sewage water per day to Crescent Lake and it will soon be a lake filled with processed sewage water. Our property values will plummet and no one will ever be able to sell their homes. We’re very concerned.”

Dingman Township resident Francis Ruggerio was first on the agenda under “Old Business.” He asked Mincer to elaborate on just what was taking place with the proposed Gateway Community.

“The original sewage module (plan) submitted by the applicant was sent back because it lacked much of what is needed to be a complete plan,” Supervisor’s Chair Tom Mincer told a silent and attentive audience. He went on to say, “At this moment in time the sewage module is not even in front of the supervisors because it is not ready and the applicant was granted a 60-day extension as would be granted to any developer or homeowner to correct deficiencies in their plan. This is done so that the applicant does not have to pay additional fees to the township to resubmit a new plan.”

An integral part of the sewage planning module is the requirement that the developer provide options other than discharge into stream water. If he wants to discharge into the stream he also has to state why. This was not done, Mincer said. “There are many rumors and allegations floating around that are untrue so I would like to clear some of this up. It is simply untrue that we have approved the sewage plan. As of now the developer has not come back with a revised module and may never come back,” Mincer said.

Bradlee has asked the township what he needs to do to get his planning module into compliance. If he doesn’t provide other options than disposal into the Dwarfskill of the treated sewage, then the plan will go back to him again, Mincer said.

“Even if we were to approve the plan the DEP has to hold public hearings, and we told the applicant that one of the conditions for township approval will be that DEP hearings must be held in the township rather than at some distant location like Scranton,” he added.

“I was told there is a plan ready for resubmission and that concerns us. You say it is still not ready. We expect our leadership to show they are concerned about the residents of township,” said resident Sean Strub, who owns 500 acres of land along Dwarfskill Creek.



“I have spoken to the developer myself and he told me that this is what our area is for and that is what will sell,” said resident Francis Ruggerio. He referred to Milford Highlands, Bradlee’s more expensive home development in Milford. “They haven’t sold any of the high priced units in the last year,” he said.

Asked if a sewage plant to discharge into one of the township streams was possible, Mincer replied, ‘I can’t give you an answer about what might happen in the future.’

Mincer was pleased at the turnout. “We wish more people would come to our meetings to learn what is going on,” he said.



Pike County Courier > News
Updated: January 18, 2008

Where is all this waste water going?



Dingman — Residents are concerned that environmental threats from new development will impact the value of Dingman homes.

During the public comment period of the supervisors meeting on Jan. 8, John Crerand of Conashaugh Lakes told the supervisors they need to take a closer look at the proposed new home and retail store development across from the Wachovia Bank on state Route 739.

“This new development is going to have a sewage treatment facility which will produce 300,000 gallons of treated water every day. The treated water is going to be dumped into the Dwarfskill Creek which runs down and fills Crescent Lake.

“After a short period Crescent Lake will be entirely made up of 100 percent treated sewage water. What will that do to home values as well as the quality of life for Crescent Lake residents?” Crerand asked.

“After it fills Crescent Lake then it will begin to impact on whatever is downstream from that,” he warned.

The supervisors listened to Crerand intently but made no comment regarding the issue

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Forest Glen:

First Published in the Pike County Dispatch

By Lisa Mickles

DINGMANS FERRY- Forest Glen Estates overcame their first hurdle during last week’s meeting when the supervisors approved and forwarded the proposed 134-home community’s new non-discharge spray irrigation sewage planning module for approval by the Department of Environmental Protection Agency (DEP).

Residents first raised concerns last February with the proposed community’s original direct-discharge sewage plan. Reilly Associates was proposing the release of 45,000 gallons per day of 100 degree treated sewage water into wetlands located on the property, as well as a direct discharge into a stream that eventually lead into high quality waters of Dingmans Creek and the exceptional water value of Adams Creek. Residents were concerned about the impact on the water quality as well as potential flooding.

Township Solicitor Anthony Magnotta stated previously that, “based upon problems we are currently having and based upon the problems we may have, the township is taking a hard look at what is being proposed.”

Responding to their concerns, Reilly Associates redesigned the plans to be a non-discharge system. The new proposed plan will include an 800,000 gallon aerated treatment lagoon designed to hold solids longer so that wastes can settle before treating the water with chlorine. The treated water would then be released into two holding ponds designed to hold water during winter months when spray irrigation is not possible. The ponds would also address potential rain overflow.

At the Nov 9 township meeting, Jeremy Nelson of Reilly Associates in West Pittston reviewed and made changes with the supervisors regarding an Installation and Maintenance agreement. The board had concerns regarding licensed operators regularly visiting the sewage facility plant and being present during sewage plant emergencies.

 Supervisor Robert Luciano brought attention to a recent malfunction regarding Marcel Lake Estates sewage treatment facility. Their system malfunctioned and caused ground tanks to over-fill with water because of heavy rains, which could have released raw sewage into a nearby stream.

 The operator for the plant at Marcel Lakes was not present during the emergency and the waste removal company was not experienced with stopping the overflow. The problem was corrected when Luciano suggested digging a retaining ditch before wastewater could reach the stream. Currently, the community is in a building moratorium by DEP due to sewage wastewater maximum capacity.

 The board then requested changing written notification for emergences at Forest Glen from 48- to 24-hours, so the township could step in if an operator is not present.

 The board also requested that if Forest Glen does not make the necessary arrangements to have sewage removed when the facility is inoperable, the township would be permitted to remove the sewage at the community’s expense.

 Property owners William Ruggiero and Bill Fowler, partners for Hudson Companies Inc., a real estate development firm based in New York that will develop Forest Glen Estates, were in attendance of the meeting.

Fowler agreed that Forest Glen has a duty to provide sewage removal, saying, “there can not be an inoperable system without the township being allowed to step in or us having an obligation to correct it immediately.”

The board then requested a change from a 30- to a 15-day notification period concerning repairs or component replacement within the system. If notification is not given within a 15-day period, the township would have the right to enter and inspect the facility and conduct any needed repairs, billing the cost to Forest Glen.

Forest Glen will also provide financial security for 110% of construction costs for improvements until the system’s completion. Thereafter, 50% financial security must be set in place for the first 2 years following completion and 10% for the life of the system.

Vice Chairman Ted Parsell stated that the assigned sewage maintenance operators should be present at certain points during construction “to better understand the system.” Ruggiero and Fowler both agreed to this proposal.

The township is requiring the operator agreement to be in place prior to submittal of final land development plans for board approval and prior to construction of sewage systems construction. Forest Glen still needs a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit pertaining to erosion and sediment control and post-construction storm water management.

June 8, 2005

 The board approved forwarding a copy of a letter received from the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) along with an application to Forest Glen Estates. The letter explains that the drainage area of the Delaware River basin is under special protection waters, which would require any discharge to comply with the anti-degradation standards set by the DRBC. Forest Glen will have 90 days to complete the application.

Sept 28, 2005

Solicitor Anthony Magnotta stated that the Pike County Planning Commission recommended an approval for Forest Glen’s new spray irrigation and retention plan but the commission would still like to see “legally binding provisions for proper long term ownership as well as the operation and maintenance of the proposed facility.”

Magnotta also informed the board that they will be receiving Forest Glen’s sewage planning module for review during the Oct 12 meeting. The supervisors can either accept or deny the sewage module before forwarding the spray irrigation and retention plan to the Department of Environmental Protection Agency for their review.

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Rock Hill

Our New Neighbors to the Northwest!

 Rock Hill Estates is our new neighbor and in some cases growth is good. The new

development will have some similarities to CLCA but there is one big difference.

They will have central water from deep wells within the development as we

understand there will be 5 deep wells to service the 200 lots and homes projected.

The question is what will the deep wells do to, or how will they effect the homes within CLCA along the Northwest edge or the hole of CLCA? CLCA wells are drilled not as deep as the projected deep wells.

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