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Mill Road residents want sewer

September 26, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - After several irate residents accused the Chambersburg Borough Council of dropping the ball when it came to bringing public sewer to their neighborhood, officials agreed to again look into grant options to finance the project.

John Farrell, of 220 Mill Road, raised the issue of overflowing septic systems at a Sept. 17 Borough Council meeting. He said he has contacted state Rep. Jeff Coy, D-Shippensburg, and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, who both told him they have grant money available that the borough could apply for to extend public sewer to Mill Road.

Council President Bill McLaughlin said the borough has been turned down at least twice in the last 10 years when pursuing grant funding for the sewer project.

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Borough Manager Eric Oyer said the borough will try again and submit the Mill Road proposal to both Shuster and Coy in the next few weeks.

He said often those grants require a local match, and the property owners would likely have to pay it. He also said the project would be costly because the varying elevation of the road will require a pumping station.

At best, Oyer predicted, it will take two or three years for the residents to have access to public sewer.

"I don't want people to think if there is grant money today they will have sewer tomorrow," he said.

Councilman Carl Helman, who represents the Mill Road area, said much of the residents' frustration lies with the unclear regulations for improving their current septic systems.

He asked for a meeting to be arranged between the borough's sewage enforcement officer and the residents so people know where they stand.

"There is a lot of red tape to get through, and they are not clear on what needs to be done," Helman said.

Oyer said he would arrange the meeting and have the enforcement officer outline what steps residents have to take to upgrade their present on-lot systems.

The half-dozen residents at the meeting were satisfied that at least some action was being taking.

"If you get us sewer, we'll put you all on pedestals," Pat Farrell said.

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