Meeting to focus on Waynesboro's troubled storm-water system

February 19, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro's problematic storm-water system - which has been recommended for $6 million worth of repairs - will be the subject of a special meeting Wednesday.

The 6 p.m. meeting in borough hall will center on recent recommendations from a consultant engineering firm.

"It's making everybody aware of the whole storm-water management plan and advising the public on what our options are to move forward," Council President Craig Newcomer said.

Among the suggestions from Dennis E. Black Engineering of Chambersburg, Pa., was the installation of a concrete aqueduct to improve flow in the south end of town. Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs recently described that outfall at Cemetery Avenue as the No. 1 priority.

Robyn Davis, whose Maple Street home has flooded in the past, says the outfall remains a personal priority for her and her husband.


"It's hard (to understand) if somebody has never been here to see this when the water rises. ... This is our home. We purchased this home not knowing we were going to lose our personal property with the water coming into this area," Davis said.

Another concern is that a child, possibly one visiting nearby Antietam Dairy, could fall into several feet of water during or after a storm, she said.

Approximately two-thirds of storm water moving through the system discharges in the area of South Church Street, Maple Street and Cemetery Avenue, according to Grubbs.

Davis said she and her neighbors didn't experience any major problems in 2007, but heavy rainfall in June 2006 left more than 8 feet of water in some yards. Residents have sued the borough for not addressing system concerns before that storm.

To partially mitigate problems, the borough took preliminary steps like cleaning debris from the outfall last year.

"I don't think that was a total fix," Davis said.

Estimates are that the concrete aqueduct and improvements to the Cemetery Avenue outfall alone could cost the borough $1.3 million, Grubbs said.

The most expensive system repair suggested by the consulting engineers would be developing an entirely separate system for South Potomac Street starting in the area of West Third Street, Grubbs said. That could cost $4 million, he said.

Other recommendations from the consultants are:

· Creating a system bypass at Grant and West Second streets

· Enlarging pipes to stop manhole surcharges around the intersection of Potomac and Main streets

· Replacing pipes for the Center Square inlets

"Our system as a whole is undersized. We knew that going into this," Grubbs said earlier this month when making a presentation to the borough council.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger had suggested that a representative of Dennis E. Black Engineering attend the special meeting, and Newcomer said that is expected to happen.

"We have to come up with some priorities and some funding," Hamberger said.

Special meeting

What: To discuss options for replacing portions of Waynesboro, Pa.'s storm-water system.

Where: Borough Hall, East Main Street, Waynesboro

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

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