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Antrim water-line hookup exceptions are considered

May 23, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, PA. - Ten Antrim Township, Pa., residents who believed they were going to be forced to hook on to public water lines learned Tuesday that they might be granted exceptions.

The homeowners in the Hess development, on and around Kimberly Drive, were told they would have to connect to a line being installed to reach the new Shadowcreek development. The cost would have been about $6,000 per house.

Antrim Township has a mandatory connection ordinance for anyone within 150 feet of a public water line.

The township supervisors have agreed to proceed with repealing that ordinance, advertising the action for their June 26 meeting.

Homeowners who have wells and cisterns sought permission to avoid connection from the supervisors and the Greencastle Area Water Authority.

The water authority punted the decision to the supervisors, saying it didn't want to set a precedent with the exemption and did not have the power to do so.

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"You can't just waive the requirement for certain individuals. ... The Commonwealth Court has said you can't exempt anyone," Township Solicitor John Lisko said, citing case law.

The supervisors supported Lisko's proposal to repeal the mandatory connection requirement.

"You're making these people go through a financial hardship for a developer who needs water across the street," Supervisor Samuel Miller said.

The property owners in the Hess development have 90 days to hook on to the line once it is completely installed.

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