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Shuster doles out grants for sewer line and soccer

November 22, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Federal funding totaling $165,000 for sewer and soccer projects in Franklin County was announced Monday during a visit by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa.

Shuster announced $140,000 in funding for a sewer line extension project near the village of Fannettsburg, Pa., in Metal Township. The money comes from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriation bill that Shuster said he earmarked specifically for the project.

"It will expand the wastewater treatment collection system for Fannettsburg," Metal Township Supervisor Anna Swailes said. The sewer system and treatment plant for the area has been in operation since 2002 and has 169 customers online or in the permitting stage, Swailes said.

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The system is in a second phase of expansion that will add another 37 existing homes to the south and west of the village, Shuster said.

The township has approximately $210,000 from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the first part of the second phase and will break ground on that in about two weeks, Swailes said. The $140,000 will go toward the second part of the sewer line extension project, for which the township also plans to apply for federal Community Development Block Grant funding, she said.

"It's not just about the homes. It's about the watershed," Shuster said. Many of the homes now served by the system previously had holding tanks, but raw sewage from many tanks was finding its way to nearby Indian Lake and, eventually, the Chesapeake Bay.

"I used to fish there and you could actually see raw sewage seeping into the lake," said G. Warren Elliott, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. He said the project also fits in with the county's comprehensive plan to provide assistance to build sewer and water systems for smaller rural communities.

The county has allocated Community Development Block Grant money to the Fannettsburg sewer project in the past, Elliott said.

Shuster also announced $25,000 to Chambersburg for improvements to the Nellie and T.K. Nitterhouse Memorial Park off West Washington Street. The 19-acre park has five full-size soccer fields, according to Tim Bittle of the Chambersburg Youth Soccer Association.

"The board is going to sit down and look at our strategic plan," Bittle said, referring to what recommendations the association will make for park improvements. He said its walking trails and concession stand are two amenities that could be considered for improvements.

Forty or more teams use the borough-owned field during the association's annual Pepsi Challenge soccer tournament in June, which attracts hundreds of players and their families, Bittle said.

In addition to being an accessible public park for the area, Elliott said soccer events there also serve as an "economic generator," bringing business to local restaurants and hotels.

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