Waynesboro reaches right-of-way agreements with homeowners

The borough paid $3,000 to $8,000 for each of the easements needed for storm-water project

February 22, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Right-of-way agreements needed for a $6.3 million storm-water project have been reached out of court, Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said Tuesday.

The borough had started eminent domain proceedings in Franklin County (Pa.) Court for the three remaining easements needed for construction equipment and fencing.

However, Hamberger said agreements have now been reached with the affected property owners: Russell C. Weikert and Rose M. Halterman; Patricia A. Crouse and Larry L. Crouse Jr.; and Steven L. and Susan L. Bumbaugh.

"Everybody agreed, cooperated. We got those (agreements) executed," Hamberger said.

The borough paid $3,000 to $8,000 for each of the easements, which affect a few feet on either side of an outfall, Hamberger said. The municipality also addressed surveying and setback concerns with the property owners, he said.

"Now we have the space and land to do the work," Hamberger said.

Municipal officials are now tackling final paperwork with the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, commonly called PENNVEST, for a $6.3 million low-interest loan awarded for the project, the borough manager said.

Hamberger said he hopes the remaining engineering and legal work can be completed in a matter of weeks.

Crews will be widening arches in the Cemetery Avenue outfall.

The undersized and aging storm-water system has caused flooding in homes and yards in the south end of town. Heavy rains in June 2006 caused extreme flooding within the system.

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