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Borough receives $500,000 sewer extension grant

December 04, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - More than $500,000 in federal funds has been allocated for a sewer line extension project to serve a largely undeveloped portion of Chambersburg's south end, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster said Wednesday.

Shuster, R-Pa., said the money was allocated in the federal energy and water appropriation bill through the Army Corps of Engineers budget.

The money would be used to extend a sewer line from a point north of Orchard Drive, south along South Main Street and then west along Mill Road, Borough Manager Eric Oyer said.

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The line extension, along with a pump station, would add just 33 homes and businesses onto the system, but Shuster said it would create "the potential for more houses to be built and the potential for some commercial development in the area."

"A number of residents have had on-lot septic problems" for years, according to Third Ward Councilman Carl Helman. Mayor Tom Newcomer said that has been a concern of residents along Mill Road going back to the 1970s.

Oyer said the borough has not been able to serve the area because the topography would require construction of a pumping station.

The $528,750 allocation would cover 75 percent of the project, which has a price tag of $705,000, Shuster said.

"We would have the money to move forward" if the Borough Council decided to pay the local match out of the sewer capital reserve fund, Oyer said. At the same time, Oyer said the borough is seeking funding from the state for the local match.

Oyer said it may be 2005 before construction of the line and pump station gets under way. The property owners would be responsible for sewer hook-up fees and the installation of sewer line laterals to their properties, he said.

Large tracts on both the north and south of Mill Road are undeveloped. Borough Council President William F. McLaughlin said the line will open the area for development and could benefit the borough with additional jobs and an increased tax base.

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