July 30, 2008

Sewer Projects, Reviews Begin

By Jaime North, The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa.

Jul. 30--LEWISBURG -- Several sewer projects are under way in Union County through Community Development Block Grant funding, including a review of Kelly Crossroad's sewage management plan, which may result in the need for an extensive sewer upgrade.

The state Department of Environmental Protection is determining whether the Kelly Township village would benefit from improved on-lot sewage systems or should connect to the township's sewer plant, according to Bill Seigel, block grant program director with SEDA-Council of Governments.

Seigel, who updated the county commissioners Tuesday on the projects being funded by the federal grant program, said connecting to the sewer plant would be a multimillion dollar project.

"Each municipality is required by law to complete a sewage treatment plan, which they did two years ago," Seigel said. "When it was reviewed, it was determined not to be cost effective to stay as is. It was recommended they do a maintenance program across the township, which is currently being reviewed."

According to Seigel, the township supervisors will choose how the block grant money will be used, whether to improve the on-lot systems or connect to the larger system. About $211,000 has been allocated through the block grant program, while the township has roughly $215,000 available for the project, Seigel said.

Other sewer projects include:

n Lewis Township, upgrades to its operation system and improvements to the wet well with approximately $57,000 allocated through the grant program. Seigel said the project recently began and should be completed within the next two months.

n White Deer Township, improvements to its sewer system with approximately $160,000 allocated. Mike Miller, who is working with Seigel in SEDA-COG's community development program, said the project should start this week.

n Hartley Township, upgrades of the energy consumption at its sewage plant with $63,000 allocated. Seigel said the design work has begun.

n Kelly Township, a sewer extension in West Milton with approximately $43,000 allocated. Seigel said the design has been completed as the township finishes its easement agreements with property owners. Union County has allocated $43,000 to fund a small portion of White Deer Township to be included in the project.

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