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Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The East Huntingdon Township Supervisors said at their March 14 meeting that they plan to contact the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland county to get a cost breakdown on the price of having water lines installed in a small area of Thompson Hollow Road that does not presently have public water.

“We are talking about a stretch of road on only about three tenths of a mile,” Pam DePalma of Ruffsdale said. “It affects 11 families.”

The small stretch of homes are located between two existing water lines and a few residents from that area appealed to the supervisors for help.

“We just don't know what to do,” Sharon Atkison said, adding that her existing well was in need of replacement. “Do we go ahead and dig another well or do we wait in hopes that city water comes in?”

DePalma said she and other residents are willing to do anything that they can do to help expedite the process.

“Would it be OK for us to contact them on our behalf and on your behalf?” Depalma asked. “We really don't mind doing some footwork.”

Supervisor Howard Keefer said that they looked at having public water brought into that area in the past but the cost was too high.

“We did have that area looked at and we did get a cost estimate,” Keefer said. “It was something that we could not afford then, but we will contact them again.”

DePalma added there is a second problem in their area that needs addressed.

“We have sewage, raw sewage running down the road and by our wells,” DePalma said. “It's a big safety concern and a big health concern. I would really like it checked out. I want to know that I am safe and that my family is safe.”

The supervisors said that they will address the problem.

The supervisors passed a motion to reject the Hoffner Plan of lots for subdivision in the township.

“They never supplied us with all of the information that was needed by the engineers,” Supervisor Joel Suter said of the rejection.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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