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Meeting scheduled to answer questions about O'Hara sewer project

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

O'Hara residents affected by the impending $3.3 million Saxonburg Boulevard sewer project can attend a meeting to address questions.

Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. on April 29 at the Moose Lodge on Saxonburg Boulevard.

“There have been a lot of questions about liability issues,” Township Manager Julie Jakubec said.

The project is meant to provide reliable sewer service to area residents who still rely on septic systems. Work will eliminate three deteriorating pump stations and replace them with one new one.

It is unclear how much of the cost will fall to property owners. Construction is expected to take up to two years.

Township Engineer Chuck Steinert said about 40 residents have signed easement agreements, and another 18 or so are in discussions with township staff.

“The problem is the 25 where we have not gotten any response at all,” Jakubec said.

“We would like to create an open dialogue and get those people in talks before we have to go another direction.”

The majority of questions have focused on liability issues, and Jakubec said the answer is simple. The same rules apply, as they do for the remainder of the property, she said.

“The township assumes responsibility for the underground, and the surface remains with the property owner,” she said.

Council will apply for a $500,000 grant from the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority's Gaming and Economic Development Fund to help pay for costs.

The township already was awarded $250,000 from the county's Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund.

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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