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Concerned citizen addresses dredging Little Juniata

Posted on July 25, 2022

Concerns about the Tyrone Borough dredging the Little Juniata River were among several issues that were raised during the public comment segment of the regular monthly session, which was held on Monday, July 11.

Bill Anderson attended as a representative of the Little Juniata River Association. He stood to addressed the council and acknowledged that the Tyrone Borough has flooding problems. However, he also expressed his disappointment in dredging the Little Juniata River under the footbridge that connects Ninth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue as a means to combat those problems.

“It’s useless in terms of flood control,” Anderson explained.

Anderson described how dredging the Little Juniata River will negatively affect the trout that live in the waters and that the growth in the watershed benefits river wildlife. Anderson also described how efforts in Altoona to control flooding impact Tyrone, suggesting that the Borough construct a new channel in the water spring rather than dredge the river.

Borough Manager Ardean Latchford responded to Anderson and assured him that dredging the Little Juniata River has been planned in five-year increments.

Tammy Moul and Toby Scott also spoke during the public comment section of the meeting, addressing Pennsylvania House resident parking.

Moul explained that more spaces are needed, and Scott asked that the Borough remove the metered spots that are closest to the building. Moul suggested that residents instead receive unused permit parking passes. Latchford concurred with Moul’s suggestion. However, no motion was made regarding the issue that was raised.

In addition to Anderson, Moul, and Scott, Kevin Nestor and Jay Young also stood to address the council during the July session.

Walker gave the Emergency Management Agency report at the end of the meeting, at which time he recommended that council members visit the local fire stations in order to find out what all concerns the firefighters might have.

Young also expressed concerns about issues with hydrant, in addition to thanking both David Snyder and Bob Dollar for attending an outreach training program in June.

Nestor, who spoke during the public comment segment, reviewed the Sink Run Reservoir project.

The next Tyrone Borough Council regular session is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Aug. 8.


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