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July 1, 2019
Re: Public Sewer for your Neighborhood
Dear Resident or Business Owner:
The Board of Supervisors has authorized the preliminary design of a sanitary sewer collection system for your neighborhood. To begin the design a survey crew will be in your area within the next month to document existing conditions and topography within the right of way. We will also need to verify the first floor elevation of your home to determine if we can achieve gravity flow from your home. Based on topography and the elevation of your home, some homes will require a grinder pump pit to connect to the public sewer system. Please allow the survey crew to access your property to verify your first floor elevation for this preliminary design.
As the survey work is being completed, our engineer, ARRO Consulting Inc., will prepare a conceptual design. We will send a second mailing to announce a public meeting to be held in September 2019 (date TBD). With the second mailing, I will include a postcard asking each resident if you are, or are not, interested in connecting to public sewer. These post cards will have a return date of October 2019 so you will have the opportunity to attend the public meeting for more information prior to responding. We will then be able to determine the level of interest in the project before finalizing design and construction.
At the public meeting, our Engineer will present the conceptual design to the residents and you will be able to gain information about your particular property. Attendance at this meeting is important, as your input will be considered in the project design.
We currently have two separate sewer projects that will be in the preliminary design phase, which are both part of our Act 537 Special Study, approved by the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2011. Act 537 is the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act created by the State Legislature, which requires all municipalities to develop and implement comprehensive official sewage plans that address existing sewage disposal needs or issues within the Township. We have already completed two other projects in our sanitary sewer collection system that enable these projects to move forward.
If the Board of Supervisors authorizes final design and construction of these projects, it may take up to one year to complete the design and receive final approval from the PA DEP and Penn DOT. It would take approximately one additional year for the bidding and construction phases. At that point, a connection to your home could take place.
If we go to construction, the Township’s contractor will install the sewer mains and a sewer lateral to the right of way line on each property. You would then, hire a plumbing contractor to install the pipe from this point to your home or business. Currently, the fees to connect to public sewer are $4,000 per EDU (equivalent dwelling unit or one typical home) for the tapping fee, and $500 for the connection fee. These would be the only fees paid to the Township. You would have additional costs to be paid to the plumbing contractor that you select to make the final connection. Should a grinder pump be required for your property, the Township will furnish the initial pump and pit at no charge. Your contractor would install this equipment outside of your home. Maintenance and repair of the grinder pump and associated equipment would become homeowner’s responsibility.
Pennsylvania offers a low-cost loan program for people who are connecting to public sewer for the first time. Information will be made available at the September meeting to anyone interested.
I have enclosed a map to show the approximate limits of the sewer extension project in your area. This will help you understand the size of the project and the number of properties affected. The size of these two sewer projects may be adjusted during design if required.
We are committed to informing and involving the affected property owners throughout this process.
As we move forward, we will supply additional information as it becomes available. We will post information on our website, and send additional mailings when appropriate. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or my direct line at 610-897-4211.
William H. Steele
Assistant Township Manager
Director of Public Works
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