Sewerage project concerns Darlington couple
By Jewels Phraner
Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Driveway access, road safety and the $1,500 tap-in fee have one Darlington couple concerned about the Ligonier Township Municipal Authority's sewer system project.
Patty Ostrowski and Bob Grotte appeared before the authority last week to complain about the lack of communication between the board and the community.
“You really need to keep the residents a little more informed,” Grotte said. He and Ostrowski, who are engaged, live on Ligonier 157 Road in a rural neighborhood with about 11 cottages.
“We didn't know it was coming up our lane, and when you try to talk to the guys out there, they don't tell you anything,” Grotte said.
Ostrowski said she was afraid that while crews worked on installing sewer lines on her lane she would not be able to access her home. In addition, she expressed concern that workers might shorten the roots of pine trees, which are 150 feet tall and line the street in front of her home.
“We were just totally shocked (the project) was coming up that way. We've received no notice and no response to our questions, and there's some serious life impact here,” Ostrowski said.
Project engineer Mark Gera said state laws require that residents are able to access their home. Gera said someone would be out to speak to the couple about the pine trees, and adjustments would be made if necessary.
But there's no stopping the project, he said.
“We have taken great steps to educate the community on this project,” solicitor Don Snyder said. “Frankly, I've been doing this for 38 years, and the efforts of this board have been exemplary in communicating with the people.”
The Ligonier Township sewage system project is a multi-phase, state-mandated project, Chairman Glen Kalp said.
The completed first phase, dubbed “Ligonier East,” required residents along Route 30 to tap into the sewage line. That project has been expanded to provide service into Laughlintown.
Those with properties within 150 feet of the main lines are required by township law to pay a $1,500 tap-in fee and to pay to link their home to the line.
The Darlington area is the second phase of the plan, expected to cost about $10 million. It includes providing a public sewage line to serve about 340 homes now using septic tanks or leach fields for sewage disposal and a sewage treatment plant west of Longbridge on Route 30.
There have been several public meetings held on each phase of the project.
“It's something that's got to be done, whether you like it or not,” Kalp said.
In other news, authority members hired the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County to handle the on-site management and sludge disposal for the sewage treatment plant, which is 54 percent complete, according to Gera.
Jewels Phraner is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-1218 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ligonier Valley board reorganizes, welcomes 2 new members
- Community aids Salvation Army of Ligonier in holiday collection
- Laughlintown man faces trial on multiple counts
- Luminaries at Ligonier Diamond spread warmth, remembrance, tradition
- PennDOT cancels road program for Cook Township
- Liognier Township tax rate remains at 5 mills
- Ligonier church performs ‘Bethlehem Experience’
- Bolivar council nixes increase of council membership
- Compass Inn concludes holiday candlelight tours