Nov. 20, 2023

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Spencer Lane Funding Eliminates Flooding; Relocates Beavers

 Photo credit: Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

Spencer Lane, a single access road for the Townhomes of Hanover Township, will soon have its flooding issues eradicated thanks to my efforts to secure funding. The road has been prone to flooding due to rising water levels in marshes flanking the road, but a dam of community beavers was also contributing to the problem.

Residents of the community faced significant challenges, including safety concerns, as emergency vehicles, school buses, and other essential services utilized this road. This is unacceptable, so I worked with Luzerne County, Hanover Township, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and the North Branch Land Trust to come up with a solution.

Wyoming Valley Sanitary crews initiated the cleaning of the culvert. Emergency procurement from Luzerne County also enabled additional crews to install a French drain that will redirect water to the other side of the marsh, preventing future flooding incidents. Crews will be returning to the area before winter so that the French drain can be tarred for winter maintenance and plowing.

And good news – the North Branch Land Trust has committed to funding a “beaver deceiver” — a solution designed to manage beaver activities in the area effectively. This initiative, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will safely trap and relocate the beavers while implementing measures to control their population and activities.

In addition to the immediate fixes, $500,000 in funding was secured to resurface Spencer Lane in the spring. This will prevent future occurrences of flooding and damage, providing a long-term solution to the issue. The resolution of this pressing issue showcases the power of community collaboration. Together, we have found a fast and effective solution, ensuring the safety and convenience of the residents of Townhomes of Hanover Township.
One Final, Very Special, Halloween Recap


The Luzerne County 9-1-1 Emergency Management team hosted a Halloween gathering for children with sensory, physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities by reserving a special hour for their enjoyment of this year’s trunk or treat.

Also pictured is the amazing work of the Newport Township Women’s Activity Group which, despite the rain, moved their event inside.