Code Enforcement Officer Matt Genchur told the township supervisors Wednesday night that oil burst through a rusted tank on one property shortly before Christmas.
“Some of that oil did make its way through the stormwater system and into Marsh Run,” Genchur said. “Not a large amount but enough that you can see a sheen on the stream.”
Indiana County Emergency Management Agency and the state Department of Environmental Protection were called in to help deal with the problem.
“The tank that was in question was not off of the ground much, (but) it had rusted through,” Genchur said.
“One of the messages that’s been handed out by the county EMA especially at this time of year is that if you have a home heating oil tank and you’re looking to get it filled or refilled as you go through the winter to check those tanks.”
He said the property owner is responsible for the cost of soil remediation and other cleanup activity prompted by the spilled oil.
Genchur also reported that the annual inspections of 14 mobile home parks of various sizes are taking place throughout the month of January in the township.
Elsewhere, a pre-bid meeting is scheduled Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. for companies interested in developing a stormwater management plan in the Chevy Chase area. Assistant Township Manager Chris Anderson said the township has sent out requests for engineering service proposals to a dozen firms.
Township Recreation Director Ryan Shaffer has lined up a list of grant opportunities for the coming year. His list as released Wednesday also included a recap of what the township has obtained over the past 15 years, for Getty Heights, Kennedy King Park and, most recently, the S&T Bank Arena.
He said the township is about halfway through the grant for overhauling the arena and its ice rink.
“We do not expect the state to approve any grant that exceeds $500,000 in total cost,” Shaffer said, “therefore a $250,000 match by White Township should be our top threshold.”
Future possibilities include:
• Replacing an existing community-built playground with modern and compliant equipment. Shaffer estimated that $100,000 would be needed, including $3,500 for demolishing existing equipment, $75,000 for new equipment, and $12,000 for safety surfacing, among other costs.
• Collecting stormwater from the ice rink roof to create decorative ponds, some of which may be used for fish and/or other wildlife, within the township recreation complex, as part of a possible $200,000 project.
Included would be demolition of an ice rink parking lot for $10,000, with $35,000 needed for a center median rain garden to collect and filter the water, and $120,000 for paving other parking lots around the rink.
Shaffer sees a system of decorative ponds could cost $15,000, with in-house labor covering an additional $15,000 of needed costs.
• Building a third soccer/lacrosse/field hockey field to accommodate an increasing demand.
Shaffer said the cost could reach $65,000, including $7,500 for bulldozer rental, $45,000 for topsoil and $10,000 for in-house labor.
He added, “there should still be room on the top half of the hillside to develop an amphitheater as originally planned.”
• Creating a system of hiking and biking trails on the Kunkle property.
He sees a projected cost of $15,000, with $5,000 each for trail clearing, stone and piping for wet areas, and labor.
• Extending a nine-hole disc golf course to an 18-hole course.
Shaffer sees a projected cost of $12,500, $7,500 for disc golf hardware and $5,000 for labor and equipment.