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Authority gets update on Route 119 corridor project

| Thursday, June 7, 2001

All 160 easements needed for the Route 119 corridor project have been sent out, and 28 have already been signed and returned, said Dick Widmer of Widmer Engineering at Wednesday night's meeting of the Bullskin/Connellsville Township Joint Sewage Authority.

The last of the easements were mailed last week, said Widmer. Those property owners under whose property the proposed sewage line would cross were sent easements. By signing and returning the easements, residents are giving the sewage authority permission to dig up their property to install the sewage lines, and agreeing not to build any permanent structures above the lines.

Under the agreement, the properties will be returned to their pre-construction condition by the end of the project.

Widmer said his company had already seen or talked to more than 100 of the 160 property owners who had been sent easements.

'It's been a fairly good response for the first month,' he said.

Also, he said his company has done its best to accommodate requests for deviations in the plan, such as moving the proposed course of the line five feet one way or another to avoid digging up large trees.

Widmer said he hoped to have all the easements signed and returned by the end of July. He said that would allow the sewage authority to begin bidding for a contractor in September.

On that timeline, construction could begin as early as the beginning of March 2002.

Still to be determined was the value of the flow of one EDU, or equivalent dwelling unit.

Widmer offered a value of 60,000 gallons per year as his suggestion.

'We went to North Fayette Water Authority and took 200 sporadic residential customers and averaged their total water usage for a year (to come up with that number),' said Widmer.

The sewage authority will have to do its own research to determine the value of an EDU.

To determine the number of EDUs a business is charged for, Widmer said that its yearly consumption would be divided by the value of one EDU.

Each single family residence will be charged for one EDU.

Also at the meeting, sewage authority members thanked the Bullskin Township Supervisors for the $14,000 check it donated to the project.



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