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Harmar to line one sewage pipe, considers lining another after emergency repair

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, 12:27 p.m.

The condition of Harmar's sanitary sewer lines is on the minds of the township's supervisors.

Supervisors awarded two contracts to repair one line and are looking at doing another following an emergency repair in September.

Both are made from terra cotta, a type of clay ceramic.

The township will pay Insight Pipe Contracting almost $160,000 to line the sewer line on Campbells Run Road. Of the total cost, the township is paying about $61,000; the rest is covered by state and federal grants, township engineer Matt Pitsch said.

The work was split into two phases with two contract awards because grant money is coming from two funding sources.

The lining is intended to stop surface water from getting into the line.

Supervisor Bob Seibert said lining a sewer line on Orr Avenue should be handled as an emergency, after a collapse required an emergency repair the week of Labor Day.

The township approved paying BCIV Trenching and Utility Installation about $23,000 for the emergency repair.

The township also paid ServPro about $2,200 to clean a School Avenue house that had a sewage backup in its basement.

According to township officials, a water line was broken while the sewage line was being repaired, causing a basement backup that got three to four inches deep.

Seibert said he is concerned that the Orr Avenue line is in such bad shape it could break again. Rather than risk another spot repair, he said the township should line it and expedite it as an emergency.

“We need to step this one up,” Seibert said.

Pitsch will take the lead in looking into the options, Seibert said.

Sewer tap-in fees hiked

Harmar supervisors have approved new fees for connections to the township's sewage system.

The township will charge $500 for new connections to the system. A $1,000 tapping fee per equivalent dwelling unit will also be assessed.

The total fee for a new house would be $1,500.

The money will help pay for maintenance of the sanitary sewage system.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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