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MAWC approves first phase of $6 million expansion at its New Stanton campus

Rich Cholodofsky
| Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review

The first phase of a $6 million project to build a new garage and office structure to house sewer operations for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County was approved Wednesday.

Authority board members signed off on $1.7 million for site work necessary to prepare for construction of a 45,000 square-foot storage and business space on 35 acres purchased in 2016 adjacent to the utility’s New Stanton campus, which houses its administrative offices and storage garages.

“We will centralize all of our sewer operations in the new building,” said authority business manager Brian Hohman.

The authority primarily serves as a water provider to 120,000 customers in five counties. It also has nearly 25,000 sewer customers. Over the last decade, it has slowly expanded into sewer service — including recent purchases of waste water operations in Jeannette and Hempfield. As part of the $88 million deal finalized in 2016, the county authority assumed a five-year lease of offices that housed Hempfield’s sewer operations.

That lease is due to expire in 2021.

Hohman said the county sewer operations are currently housed throughout its service territory.

The authority also is continuing to upgrade its administrative office in New Stanton. Board members on Wednesday approved a $500,000 project to replace a decade-old analog phone system that was installed when the facility was built in 2007.

Board members also approved a $1.4 million project to upgrade a mile-long stretch of water line along Clay Pike in North Huntingdon, a project that is expected to impact about 75 existing customers and is scheduled to begin later this year, officials said.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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