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NFCMA plan will extend water service to Virgin Run area

| Friday, Jan. 27, 2012

The North Fayette County Municipal Authority is moving ahead with plans to extend water service to Franklin Township residents who live in the Virgin Run area.

Authority manager Bob Softcheck told board members this week that state Sen. Richard Kasunic secured a $177,000 grant to try to move the project ahead.

However, Softcheck said the actual cost of the project, which requires the installation of a 7,000-foot waterline, has been estimated at $320,000.

"We had to come up with another plan because we didn't have enough money to complete the project," Softcheck said. "We had to either give the grant back or figure out a way to get it done cheaper."

Instead of installing the waterline along the state highway, Sofcheck said, the authority decided to ask township residents for permission to install the water lines on private property.

"The township residents were very agreeable to that option," he said.

Township residents met Wednesday in the township building to review the plans.

Because the residents agreed to allow the lines to be installed on their property, Softcheck said, the cost of the project has been reduced to approximately $205,000.

"The township residents agreed to give up front footage so we could move ahead with this much-needed project," he said.

The authority awarded a $173,280 contract to Lee Plumbing & Excavating.

"The project has been designed with fire hydrants, but there is no regulation that requires us to do that," Softcheck said. "We could save some money by eliminating the fire hydrants from the project."

Authority solicitor Doug Sepic suggested the authority ask the residents to sign right-of-way agreements for the installation of the waterline before the project begins.

In other business, Glenn A. Wolfe of Widmer Engineering updated authority members on various ongoing projects.

Wolfe said Ligonier Construction Co. was expected to begin a $657,919 project in the Little Summit, Balaban Road and Walnut Hill Road areas.

Work has begun in the Lemont Furnace area on a $955,276 contract awarded to D & M Contracting Inc. A $130,336 payment was submitted for approval.

Wolfe said a notice to proceed has been issued for the Works Hill and Walnut Hill tanks. A $1.79 million contract was awarded to Mid Atlantic Storage Systems Inc.

"Contracts, bonds and insurance has been submitted," Wolfe said. "A pre-construction meeting will be scheduled."

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