Water Department planning future work in Holmesburg

Hailey Stern, of the Philadelphia Water Department, spoke at last week’s Holmesburg Civic Association meeting about upcoming stormwater management projects.

Stern said the work is two years away. Neighbors will receive two letters about six months before the work begins. She said an inspector will be on site at all times.

The work, now in the design phase, is part of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program. Taxpayers are funding the work via the stormwater charge on their water bills.

In general, the work is to soak up stormwater into the ground.

There will be bump-outs at corners, tree trenches on sidewalks and subsurface storage basins. One man complained that the bump-outs will take away from parking spots.

For more information, contact Stern at 215-683-3406 or Hailey.Stern@phila.gov.

In other news from the Oct. 8 meeting:

• EZ Storage, the Holmesburg Civic Association and The Monarch are sponsoring a Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 7425 State Road (entrance on Bleigh Avenue). Awards will be given for best car and best costume. Call 215-331-9398.

• State Rep. Kevin Boyle will hold a Senior SEPTA ID information session on Friday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave. The event is free. No registration is required. To be eligible to receive a Senior SEPTA ID, applicants must be 65 or older and have a valid ID or birth certificate.

• Tara Gontek, the civic association president, and Bryan Gontek, the secretary, were nominated for another term and will presumably be re-elected without opposition at next month’s meeting. ••