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Mont Alto to extend water line to Quincy

March 16, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Installation of a nearly 1-mile long water main loop into Quincy Township was announced at a press conference Monday by the Borough of Mont Alto's Municipal Authority.

The authority provides public water to about 670 customers. Most are in the borough, some are in Quincy Township.

At 12 inches in diameter, the new line will allow more expansion in the township.

Construction will begin a year from now and is to be finished in August 2005.

The new line will eliminate an existing dead-end on the system by creating a continuous loop. That also will increase water pressure.

The line will cost about $390,000, according to William T. Hemsley, president of Nassaux-Hemsley Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., the project's consulting engineers.

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U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, asked by local officials for help, brought a check for $200,000 to Mont Alto Monday.

Another benefit of the new water line is the potential for improved fire protection if Quincy Township installs hydrants.

The line, which will run for about 4,800 feet, will begin at a water tower being built by the authority. It will run along Pa. 233 to Slabtown Road then along Furnace Road.

Many Quincy Township residents get their water from cisterns and dug wells. During the drought of 2002, many had to have water hauled to their homes when their wells dried up and the lack of rain dried up the supply of water feeding their cisterns.

Much of Quincy Township is, or soon will be, served by public sewers. The township, with a population of 5,900, does not have a public water system.

The new water line is part of a phased approach to improving Mont Alto's public water system and providing for its expansion.

Hemsley said Mont Alto has been spending Community Development Block Grant money for more than 10 years on improvements to its water system.

Future improvements will include the addition of two new wells.

G. Warren Elliott, president of the Franklin County Commissioners, said the county's comprehensive plan emphasizes improving conditions in the smaller boroughs and townships as a way to slow development demand on raw green space.

Elliott said the commissioners have been dedicating block grant funds to the county's smaller municipalities.

Mont Alto has received more than $340,000 in block grant money so far, he said.

Phil Tarquino, director of planning for the county, said the forecast is for more growth in the eastern part of the county, including the Mont Alto and Quincy Township areas.

Joseph Middour, chairman of the Quincy Township Supervisors, said a new level of cooperation is emerging among officials in Mont Alto and Quincy and Guilford townships.

"Water and sewer lines are extremely expensive," Middour said. "It's hard for small boroughs and townships to develop them on their own."

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