Quincy still waiting on sewer funds

May 17, 2002

QUINCY, Pa. - When bids were opened in mid-March for the nearly $9 million Quincy sewer project, Township Supervisors and local sewer board members were disappointed when the lowest came in at $1.6 million above their budget.

Board members have since been reaching out to federal agencies trying to find the money to make up the difference.

George Crouch, chairman of the Quincy Sewer Authority, said Thursday he thinks at least some of the money will soon be forthcoming.

"I'll know more by Monday," he said. "I don't know if we'll get it all. I'm hesitant to give out numbers because there are too many federal agencies involved."


He said the sewer board has been in contact with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the lead funding agency for the project, and the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa.

"They're recognizing our problem," Crouch said. "We're doing all we can to reduce the impact for the people who will be using the system."

The cost of the project, including engineering, design and construction, is about $8.9 million. About $6.8 million was estimated for construction costs.

The system will be paid for with low-interest federal loans and serve nearly 900 residential and commercial customers.

It will cost property owners $1,000 to hook up to the system plus a $40-a-month sewer fee, the estimated amount needed to repay the 40-year loan.

Homeowners will have to pay between $500 and $600 to bring the line to their homes. Costs will also be incurred to hire plumbers to tie into the systems and disconnect septic systems.

Septic tanks will have to be cleaned out and filled in when the sewer system goes on line.

Crouch said the township has been under pressure from state officials for nine years to install public sewers to protect ground water and wells. Hundreds of private septic systems are said to be failing in the area.

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