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Upper Tyrone authority updated on sewage project

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Morris Knowles, engineer for the Upper Tyrone Sewage Authority, gave an update at the authority's meeting Feb. 25 on the progress of the project that will bring public sewage to hundreds of residents in the township.

The project is in the final design of the sewer systems and pump stations and the Department of Environmental Protection Planning Modules and Part II permit applications are being prepared.

Survey crews will be throughout the township this week to survey the existing utilities and verify the storm sewer locations.

The engineering firm representatives also will meet with Widmer Engineers Friday to discuss the tie-in location of the Upper Tyrone system with the Westmoreland Fayette Municipal Sewage Authority.

The authority is currently working on permits that include one for the Sewage Planning Module for gravity sewer lines, pump station permits, a railroad permit to construct and maintain a sewer line within the railroad property and the DEP GP-5 stream crossing permits for any sewer lines crossing streams or creeks.

In regards to any funding opportunities, Morris Knowles is coordinating with PennVest on funding and deadline dates for submission.

The report said that at this point PennVest cannot commit to funding until the applications are submitted, but the applications cannot be submitted until all regulatory permits are approved.

The project also will be introduced to the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Fayette and Fay Penn Economic Development Council to pursue additional funding sources.

Last year, the authority was told it was in line for funding through the Department of Agriculture's rural development that would include $4 million in grant money and more than $2.2 million in low interest loans.

But since that time, rural development said the release of money into the grant fund has been stagnant. There still is hope the money will come through at some point.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.