Official: Sewer project on schedule

October 24, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

QUINCY, Pa. - Work on the $11.3 million Quincy public sewer project is on schedule and on budget, the president of the local sewer board said Wednesday.

George Crouch said about 30 percent of the system's 21 miles of underground pipes are in and covered.

A glitch surfaced in the construction of the system's treatment plant when contractors hit an unexpected amount of ground water, Crouch said.

"We'll either have to install a de-watering system or add more concrete," he said.

Crouch said engineers are working on a redesign and cost analysis for any changes that will be necessary for the plant.


"It's a minor redesign so it shouldn't cost much more money," Crouch said.

The sewer board has a contingency fund to take care of unplanned expenses, he said.

This isn't the first glitch the system has faced since township officials started talking about a public sewer system nearly a decade ago.

The project was in doubt after bids opened in Mid-March came in $1.6 million over budget, leaving members of the Quincy Sewer Board scrambling to come up with more money.

The sewer board's original estimate to install the lines, pumping stations and treatment plant was around $8.9 million. Other costs, plus the higher bids, brought the total cost up to $11.3 million.

The project is being financed with low-interest loans and government grants.

The system, when completed sometime next year, will serve 900 residential and commercial customers.

The added cost to make up the higher bid means customers will pay a one-time hookup fee of $1,400, up $400 from the initial cost of $1,000.

Monthly user fees, originally pegged at $28 a month under the original cost estimate, will be $42.50, sewer board members said.

The system has built-in expansion capacity to handle the township's expected future development.

The township is under orders from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to build a public system to eliminate problems caused by what state inspectors said were hundreds of failing private septic systems.

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