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October 24, 2014
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PPL chooses new powerline route

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — PPL Electric Utilities has chosen a route for a new power line in Northeast PA. The selected route connects the new Paupack substation site near Lakeville, along a zig-zag course southwest in Paupack and Salem townships, between Route 590 and Lake Wallenpaupack. It rounds west of Ledgedale and west of Newfoundland, and heads west through Sterling Township into Lackawanna County, meeting the new North Pocono substation. It then goes southwest to the new West Pocono substation near the Luzerne/Monroe county line west of Pocono Pines. Finally, it veers northwest through Luzerne County to the existing Jenkins substation near Wilkes-Barre. The existing transmission lines from Jessup to Honesdale will be rebuilt, and a small section from Cherry Ridge to Lakeville will receive additional wires.
PPL will hold public open houses to take comments on the chosen route. In our area, an open house will be held on Wednesday, October 26 at the Greene-Dreher Volunteer Fire Association, 460 Crestmont Drive, in Newfoundland.

Hawley apartment concerns

HAWLEY, PA — No permits have yet been issued regarding a proposed project at the old NAPA building at 605 Church St., where the first floor houses the Wasylyk Karate School. The owners of the two-story building, Jeff Swanick and Lindsey Rupp, are looking to build four apartments on the second floor, which would require a conditional use approval permit, according to Robert Bernathy, borough attorney.

At the public portion of the Hawley Borough meeting on October 12, resident Karl Kreiter, whose property is adjacent to the building, reminded the council of concerns about off-street parking that he expressed in a letter to Hawley council two years ago. Bernathy told Kreiter that the matter is the subject of litigation.