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Chambersburg Borough Council OKs agreement with developers

January 24, 2001

Chambersburg Borough Council OKs agreement with developers



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Despite the concerns of one property owner, the Chambersburg Borough Council approved a utilities agreement with the developers of a 70-lot subdivision Wednesday that calls for installing a water main within a few feet of an existing home.

At its last meeting, the council delayed voting on the subject to allow time for further investigation of the 12-foot water main that would run through an easement on Richard Brandt's Highfield Lane property.

"I'm still opposed to having the water line by my house because of potential damage during the construction phase and after," Brandt told the council. "I'm looking for some assurance the corner of my house isn't going to sink into oblivion."

The utilities agreement calls for a 12-inch water main, as well as appropriately-sized wastewater and gas lines, provided for development of the residential and commercial Gabler tract, owned by GS & G, off Phoenix Drive.

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It is unique because the agreement would be the first in the borough outlining the location of water, sewer and gas lines for an entire tract of land.

Because the area is largely limestone, it would require blasting to install the water main in the ground.

Council members approved the agreement Wednesday after learning the developer and its contractor would add certain provisions into their contract regarding the Brandt property.

The developer and contractor agreement provides for examining Brandt's foundation before and after the installation of the water main, as well as using a less invasive process than blasting at that site if possible.

The borough also had a structural engineer look at the site, who determined there would be no impact on Brandt's home, said Eric Oyer, borough manager.

"With the engineer's report and the developer's agreement, we feel we have provided protection to the property owners to the extent we possibly can," Oyer said.

Brandt was not convinced.

"I don't believe this is the best alternative. I believe it's the cheapest one," he said.

But council members agreed the provisions worked out were appropriate and unanimously approved the utilities agreement.

"I share your concern. But I think the borough and contractors have gone out of their way," Councilman Tom Newcomer said.

The council also approved the plans for the 70-lot subdivision, which includes 20 duplexes and 30 single-family detached homes off of Phoenix Drive.

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