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Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 1:41 a.m.
 

Harrison commissioners on Thursday voted to secure a $229,000 loan to finance construction of a sewage pump station on Freeport Hill.

Commissioners Chairman George Conroy asked his fellow commissioners to vote last night instead of waiting until Monday's meeting because of favorable interest rates.

“I think we should lock this in now because the talk is that interest rates are going up,” he said.

The board agreed. It approved the loan from Laurel Capital Corp. on a term slightly longer than 10 years.

Securing the loan is more or less a backstop, Conroy said.

He said the township applied for a grant to cover the cost but officials are not sure if that will come through. If it does, the loan will be declined.

Conroy said the aging pumping station, built in 1973, has been malfunctioning and is beyond repair.

“You can't get parts for it anymore,” Conroy said.

In August, commissioners awarded a $229,000 contract to build the pump station to 84 Group Inc.

It will be located along Freeport Road, toward the township line at the bottom of the hill.

Conroy said some of the sewage from the area where the Cochran car dealership is runs down to the pump station and is pumped back up the hill. He said it takes in sewage from about 20 houses on the hills on each side of the road.

Township officials hope it will be finished by winter.

Conroy said the new facility will operate with a different type of pump.

“This pump is a new kind of pump, it doesn't need water to run through it to work,” Conroy said. “It will pump dry slag.

“There's virtually no maintenance to it, “ he said.

Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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