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Sewage extension planned for Ligonier Township

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Ligonier Township Municipal Authority hopes to begin construction on an extension of the sewage system in July.

The project, located along state Route 30 near The Road Toad restaurant, will provide service to about 24 customers, according to Barb McMillen of Gibson Thomas Engineers.

At the authority's June 4 meeting, sewer engineer Mark Gera of Gibson Thomas Engineers explained details of the project to several residents that own cottages in the affected area.

The project includes installing gravity sewer lines, grinder pumps and a pump station, he said. Gera expects construction to take between 60 to 90 days, with connections to the system beginning in sometime in the fall.

The cost to connect will be $1,500, and residents will have to pay for the installation of a lateral pipe. The price of the lateral pipe will vary contractor to contractor, Gera said. Residents will also have to pay $33.35 monthly for debt service.

“The authority will send you a notice with specifications and everything that is required,” he said.

The authority has a list of suggested contractors, Gera said, but customers may hire any contractor they wish.

“We'll inspect everything,” he said.

Residents expressed frustration with having to pay to tap into the system when they use their cottages only a few times a year.

“Our concerns are, if we're lucky, we're there maybe three months out of the whole year,” said Wendy Yennerell of Jeannette. “This sewage is going to be more than what we pay in taxes up there.”

Gera said the authority does not have a choice in the matter.

“This area was ordered by the state, the Department of Environmental Resources, to get sewage,” he said. “Everybody has to tap in.”

Residents will have two options when it comes to paying for the sewage service itself. Gera and manager Paul Knupp said residents can either pay a monthly flat rate of $56.35, or they can install a meter on their well and pay for their monthly usage. The latter option would include a cost of $183.42 to install the meter.

Knupp said installing the meter would pay off for residents who rarely use their sewage.

Regarding the Darlington sewage project, several residents still have not tapped into the system, chairman Glen Kalp said. The previous deadline was set for May 31, but residents asked for more time.

Secretary Haidee Street said the most common reasons residents have cited in the issue are financial strain and weather delaying the process.

Gera reported that 297 tap-in fees have been paid for the Darlington sewage project, but only 247 customers are connected.

In Laughlintown, 80 tap-in fees have been paid, but only 69 customers are connected.

The board agreed to give a final extension of time, allowing residents to tap in by July 15.

“This is the last call,” Kalp said, adding that the authority's next step will be legal action if residents do not meet the deadline.

In other business:

• The board approved entering into a settlement agreement with David and Cindy Shirey, which included the authority giving them $1,500 and 30-feet of a lot that was acquired through eminent domain for a pump station installation in 2012.

• The board approved a settlement agreement with the Bugosh family, paying them $7,500 to acquire two rights of way needed for The Road Toad area extension.

The board also approved the purchase of a John Deere diesel lawn mower from West Central Equipment in Somerset at a cost of $11,701.

The next meeting will be held 4 p.m. July 2.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-50-2862 or