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Water, sewer link opportunity announced in Pa.

July 24, 2000

Water, sewer link opportunity announced in Pa.



By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One of the few areas in Chambersburg without public sewer and water service will have the opportunity to connect onto the borough's system within the next few months, according to Borough Planner Gary Norris.

"We want to use Community Development Block Grant monies to install sewer and water lines in the public right of way" on a section of Elder Street, Norris said Wednesday. The proposal, which the borough council reviewed last week, would make those utilities available to about half a dozen properties, he said.

Those properties now use private wells and septic systems, he told the council last week.

Norris said Elder Street property owners who meet the income eligibility guidelines would be able to apply to the borough's Housing Rehabilitation Program for grants and loans to help pay for connecting the property to the utilities. The program offers up to $7,500 in grants to homeowners for improvements, with another $5,000 loan at no interest and $5,000 more at 10 percent interest, if necessary.

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While the Housing Rehabilitation Program is primarily funded from Community Development Block Grant funds, Norris said the installation costs will be paid through income the program has earned from its loans.

The project involves the installation of about 500 feet of sewer and water lines, Norris said. "We have a ballpark figure for what it will cost but we're going to take bids on it," he said.

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