Concerns arise over new water basins

Numerous residents were on hand during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting expressing their concern over a new biofiltration basin situated on West Arch Street. Dean Ball, PennDOT SR 255 project designer, explained the basins are designed to filter stormwater rather than hold it for a period of no longer than 36 hours. The only water going into it are rainwater and runoff from two inlets, one each on Arch and West Arch streets.The West Arch Street basin is situated on city property leaving the city with the task of maintaining it which entails mowing the grass. Ball emphasized if the basin falls into disrepair it is PennDOT's responsibility to fix it. They will know when the basin is not working if water sits inside it for more than a few days.