ShareThis Page
Hampton property sale will aid in water plant renovations | TribLIVE.com
Hampton/Shaler

Hampton property sale will aid in water plant renovations

1067190_web1_hj-solar-110118

A recent property purchase will provide Hampton with some cost-saving benefits toward the projected $40 million-plus Allison Park Water Pollution Control plant renovation, with completion expected for 2023.

Hampton Township Council approved a resolution in March to buy the small parcel of land on Toner Avenue for $160,000 from a private owner who wished to sell it to the township, according to Christopher Lochner, township manager. The site is located adjacent to the current plant’s location.

Lochner said the extra space will aid with the construction of the plant.

“It makes it much more flexible,” he said.

Though it’s not of significant size, it will accommodate construction activities such as locating tanks needed for the process, according to Jim Degnan, Hampton environmental services director.

This is a voluntary purchase, not an eminent domain situation. There is another vacant property that may be beneficial toward the plant renovation, and the township administration may reach out to the owner for a possible purchase if it “works out on both sides,” Lochner said.

He added they do not have any intention of taking property for the plant renovation.

Lochner said the cost of the Toner property is small compared to the savings.

In a January township council meeting, Lochner said that KLH Engineers, which is providing work on the plant design, estimated the savings of using the adjacent property to be approximately $1,170,000, which is around 3% of the total $43 million cost.

The plant serves most of Hampton Township and the Crouse Run and Willow Run watersheds of Richland, according to the township’s sewage treatment plan.

Built in the 1970s, with its most recent upgrade in 1991, its aging infrastructure is what Degnan called an ongoing “challenge.”

He said the plant is currently operational and is serving its customers to the “best of its ability.”

The Glannon Pump Station, one of four that the township owns and operates, is also set for an upgrade at an estimated $1.5 million.

As of now, Lochner said they hope to have a final design plan by April 2020 to formally submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which could then take five to six months for approval. The DEP has to approve all plans before Hampton staff can move forward.

Lochner said that after the planning and approval process, which includes submission and approval by the DEP, the municipality would hope to start construction in 2021 and complete it in 2023.

The plant has to remain operational during the construction, so it will be done in phases.

A sanitary sewer rate was unanimously approved in December by Hampton council at an annual increase, which will be an additional $7.50 monthly. The rate is needed to fund the upgrades of the wastewater pollution control plant and Glannon Pump Station. There will be an annual rate increase every year until the upgrades are done, after which it will level out, according to Lochner.

It will take Hampton to the mid-range in comparison with other neighboring communities, at an average monthly cost of $53.46 and bi-monthly at $106. 92.

The town hall meeting in March covered the status of the plant upgrade for its residents and there will be future meetings that will do the same, said Lochner.

“We’re rolling right along,” he said.

Categories: Local | Hampton_Shaler
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.