Montrose: Hydrant, Water Deliveries Violate Zoning

By By Dave Greber

April 20, 2012 Updated Apr 20, 2012 at 11:42 PM EDT

Montrose, PA (WBNG Binghamton) A controversial spigot in the borough of Montrose that's supplied water to residents in Dimock Twp. since early this year, has been ordered to be ripped out, and the deliveries stopped.

It's just the latest in a series of issues that have poured from the hydrant, which is owned by Craig Stevens, of nearby Silver Lake Twp.

Stevens pays for the water, and since January, has delivered thousands of gallons to residents in Dimock Twp., who say natural gas drilling polluted their water.

A letter sent to the owner of the property where the spigot is located, Monica Marta, is signed by borough Zoning Officer James Smith. It says they're in violation of a borough zoning ordinance, although it orders the deliveries to stop, and the hydrant to be torn out.

Stevens says the letter is yet another attack on him, and what he's trying to do.

"Within days of setting it up, we were attacked by the borough, by the neighbors," Stevens said. "Now, they've made it their their to get that thing shut down and removed, and for what reason, I don't know. It makes me sick because I understand their position on bulk water sales. That's a different issue. We're trying to help people with this, and that's all this is. Nothing's charged for it. It's a voluntary service."

Stevens says if the hydrant does have to be torn out, he'll look for another spot.

Meanwhile, Marta said Friday she has turned the matter over to her attorney.