Commissioners Meet Privately With PA Officials
In the hours following the closed-door meeting with representatives of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat and Game commissions and state-elected officials, the Fulton County commissioners issued a press release indicating the “well-attended” meeting was both “informative and productive.”
While there was not any indication made in the press release stating the county’s interest in leasing Meadow Grounds Lake from the Game Commission, commissioners Rodney McCray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher said they “feel reassured that the Fish and Boat Commission is committed to rewatering the dam and will continue to monitor the progress of the repair efforts.”
According to the press release, PFBC has already commenced with a geotechnical study to further investigate the situation and once completed, in four to six months, a design will be engineered outlining the actual repairs to be performed.
Cost of engineering the design has been estimated at $400,000, in addition to the $80,000 being offered by PFBC for the geotechnical study. Full repair costs could range from $4 to $5 million
The commissioners pointed out the state Senate’s Transportation Bill known as SB1 contains funding to repair high hazard dams, such as those found at Meadow Grounds. However, the bill is currently at an impasse in the House Transportation Committee.
Over the course of the last eight years, PFBC has had a total of 20 high hazard dams listed for repair. Nine of the 10 remaining dams requiring rehabilitation have had engineering funded, the commissioners stated.
As had been previously reported by PFBC, it was indicated a “best case scenario” for the repair of the dam includes a one-year time frame for implementation of the engineering design; an additional year for the Department of Environmental Protection to review the proposed solution; several months for bidding out the work to be done; and one more year for the actual work to be completed.
Rewatering of the lake is estimated to take four to six months.