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Waynesboro representatives ask for help with stormwater system

May 09, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Representatives of the Borough of Waynesboro met last week with two state senators and officials with three state agencies to ask for financial help to improve parts of a failing stormwater system.

Undersized pipes and outfalls in parts of town have caused flooding in homes and basements. Several temporary fixes have been made since especially heavy rain in June 2006, but some residents say those repairs are causing infiltration that makes the ground around the Cemetery Avenue outfall unstable.

The borough lost out on up to $7.1 million in loans and grants through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority's PENNVEST program last March. Municipal staff revised the PENNVEST application several times before being rejected in the final round of funding in the last cycle.

Last week, borough officials met with state Sen. Richard Alloway, state Sen. Donald White, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PENNVEST, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

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"This was basically to see where we are and where we were with our PENNVEST application. They have suggested some ideas to tweak our application," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

White belongs to the PENNVEST board of directors and said he'd write a letter of recommendation for the project, Council President Craig Newcomer said.

"We're going to keep applying until we get some cash," Hamberger said, saying the borough will be persistent and vocal about its needs for funding.

The next PENNVEST funding announcement will be in late June, Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said.

Hamberger said state officials warned him only low-interest loans will be available, and not grants.

The new application will have an economic development section and an increased focus on intergovernmental cooperation, he said.

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