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New sewer lines for Kauffman will come with a price

February 17, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Nearly 200 Kauffman, Pa.-area residents will be asked to pay up to $3,000 by next year to hook onto a new sewer line that will be run by their homes by the Antrim Township Waste Water Treatment System, a township spokeswoman said.

Teresa Schnoor, one of two township administrators in Antrim, said the cost to hook onto the sewer will be $1,500. Homeowners will also have to pay to install underground lines from their homes to the street. Those costs could range from $500 to $1,500, depending on the distance, she said.

Township officials held two public meetings on the extension. The project has been "generally well received" by the residents it will affect, Schnoor said.

The 6.5-mile line to Kauffman will cost about $3.5 million and will be paid by user fees which are expected to go up from $30 to $33 a month, she said. Low-income and elderly residents may be eligible for low- or no-interest government loans to hook onto the system. The township itself is not eligible for federal grants because the average income of its residents exceeds government limits for them, Schnoor said.

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The sewer system currently has 2,100 customers. The Kauffman extension will add another 194, Schnoor said. Construction will begin in June and will be finished in June of 2001, she said.

The Kauffman area, like much of the township where public sewers don't yet reach, is served by individual septic tanks, many of which are failing, Schnoor said, adding the system is trying to extend new lines into existing areas that need sewers. "We're fingering out where the development is," she said.

The new line will run north on both sides of U.S. 11 to Kauffman.

The township's sewer plant was modernized last year. Its capacity was increased to 1.4 million gallons, which should cover needs through 2015, Schnoor said.

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