WAYNESBORO, Pa. --Â The Borough of Waynesboro has received a state permit that serves as the final piece needed to complete an application for $7.1 million in loans and grants.
The borough already made two submissions to Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority's PENNVEST board. They were returned because the storm-water project for Cemetery Avenue lacked a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection permit, Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said.
The permit recently arrived, a year and a half after the municipality applied for it, he said.
Now the borough must wait until March 23, the date selected for PENNVEST board's next round of consideration. PENNVEST provides grants and low-interest loans for sewer, storm-water and drinking water projects.
Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said the application paperwork is an inch thick.
"It's labor-intensive and time-consuming," he said of the application process.
Yard and home flooding during fast and heavy rains prompted the Waynesboro Borough Council to consider improvements to its undersized storm-water system. Residents near Cemetery Avenue showed the council pictures of major flooding incidents, like one on June 26, 2006, that left standing water in yards and popped covers off manholes.