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Freeport Borough deals with sewage backup problem

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:16 a.m.

Freeport Borough officials are hoping to solve a sewage backup problem before homes are affected.

The Riverside Drive pump station has backed up three times in the last month because of equipment failures.

The 30-year-old pump station needs new control equipment, though the pumps remain in good shape, according to officials.

It's becoming more difficult for the borough to get parts, prompting the borough to consider a $12,300 equipment overhaul.

HCS Co. of Portersville offered Freeport that price for equipment.

Officials, however, will seek another bid for a comparison before making a decision.The money will come from the sewage account or capital reserve fund.

The borough's other pump station, a new, $248,000 one installed as part of the Freeport Bridge project, will cost the borough $124,000.

Council is hoping to convert a federal grant of $103,000 earmarked for engineering of the pump station, to the borough's actual share of the pump station cost.

PennDOT paid the other $124,000 for the new pump station.

In other business

• The borough's clean-up day will be on Wednesday.

Council, however, reminded residents that Armstrong County will have a day set aside for hard-to-recycle items on May 17 at the Armstrong Recycling Center, 139 Armsdale Road, Kittanning.

Items accepted that day will include televisions, computers and monitors, cellphones, used tires, newspaper and cardboard.

For more information, Armstrong residents should log on to www.co.armstrong.pa.us or call 724-548-3223.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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