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Ligonier Township Municipal authority awaits approvals for sewer service

| Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 3:12 p.m.

The Ligonier Township Municipal Authority plans to provide sewer service along Route 30 near the Road Toad restaurant.

At the board's Feb. 5 meeting, engineer Mark Gera said he is waiting for the state Department of Environmental Protection to approve a permit to start on the project, which is an extension of the Darlington sewer project. In addition, the project awaits approval from the USDA Rural Utilities Service.

“As soon as we get that, we will go to bid,” Gera said.

Between 23 to 26 residences will receive service, Gera said. Work will start soon on 12 rights of way, one of which is owned by Westmoreland County, he said.

Manager Paul Knupp and Gera agreed the board should hold a public meeting to discuss the project in the near future.

In other business, the board approved extensions of time to connect to the Darlington sewer system for 15 customers, as well as extensions of time to connect to the Ligonier East sewer system for three customers. The customers have paid their tap-in fees, and will have until March 31 to connect to the systems.

Gera said 288 tap-in fees are paid and 189 customers are connected in Darlington, and 75 tap-in fees are paid and 57 homes are connected in Laughlintown.

“Obviously with the weather, it has been going kind of slow,” Gera said.

The board agreed to schedule a meeting with a representative from Muni-Link, a billing software that office assistant Joyce Zickefoose previously discussed with the board.

Engineer Ben Faas said new rates from electricity supply company Premier Power will be available soon for the board to review. The authority's contract with the company expires June 1.

The next meeting will be held at 4 p.m. March 5.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or