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Permit process delays O'Hara sewer project

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

A $3.3 million sewer project in O'Hara is stalled due to a longer-than-expected permitting process.

The work, planned for three years, is designed to provide Saxonburg Boulevard area residents with reliable sewerage, to replace failing septic systems.

“We're still trying to work through Alcosan approvals,” said township Manager Julie Jakubec. “It's a very lengthy process.”

Once the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority grants approval, the state Department of Environmental Protection will review the project.

Jakubek expected work to start this year, but said that will not happen despite prep work being completed.

Some aspects are moving forward. Jakubec said the township applied for a $600,000 grant from the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Fund.

More than $3.4 million is available each year for projects that promote economic activity and have other benefits. Money would be made available through the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County.

“We're always trying for grants,” Jakubec said. “These kind are highly competitive.”

Money would help pay for installation of sewerage lines in the Saxonburg Boulevard area.

The project includes replacing three pump stations with one new one. The three current stations have posed constant maintenance troubles, township Engineer Chuck Steinert said. Residents in the area will be required to connect their homes to the new sewer line. New homes built on vacant land in the area also would be required to use the line, Steinert said.

Homeowners will be expected to bear some of the cost, but the amount has not been determined.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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