Washington Township installing sewer main along Calimer Drive

Officials hope to receive close to $500,000 in grants for the project

June 12, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Washington Township is installing a sewer main along Calimer Drive as it continues to seek funding for the project.

Through federal Community Development Block Grants, the township supervisors and municipal authority are providing sewer connections to homes in a lower-income section of the community.

They have already connected five properties on Old Forge Road to the public system.

Washington Township received $100,000 in 2010, $75,000 in 2011 and $75,000 in 2012. It is submitting an application for the 2013 round of CDBG funding, which is funneled through the county.

In total, the township hopes to receive close to $500,000 for the project.

Township Manager Mike Christopher said Wednesday that about $100,000 has been spent to date, and that the municipality can only serve as many homes for which it receives funding for.


The Washington Township Municipal Authority is very happy with the work done by a new contractor, Waynesboro’s Jeffrey L. Smith, according to Washington Township Supervisor Elaine Gladhill, who serves on the WTMA board.

WTMA operates the municipality’s water and sewer systems.

The timing of the sewer main project could affect plans to proceed with development of a bike park at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area.

Supervisor Stephen Kulla recently questioned the status of the planned pump track on which bikers would use muscles and momentum for navigation.

“I thought I’d bring it up now, because we’re in June already,” Kulla said.

Christopher said the park can be developed for a minimal cost, using municipal crews and equipment. He hopes to get dirt from a nearby housing development.

That dirt will be covered with a clay-type material to be refined into a course by volunteer crews.
“We’re going to be tied up on Calimer Drive another month,” Christopher said.

The township’s insurance company is requiring the bike park have a fence, which will be a $10,000 cost from the recreation fund. Revenue for that fund comes from fees placed on developers.

The estate of the late Jim Kirby, a former township supervisor, also pledged $10,000 to Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area projects.

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