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Sewage authority to submit connections plan

| Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 12:04 a.m.

The Greater Greensburg Sewage Authority agreed Thursday to submit the draft of a plan to a state agency in hopes of getting approval for more sewer-line connections.

The draft of the Act 537 plan will go to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

"While we're sending that ... put the request in for the remainder of the taps," Jack Cherubini, system manager, told engineer Gino Rizzi, who will be submitting the paperwork.

The authority will be seeking 88 taps. That represents the difference between the 120 connections that were requested earlier this year by the authority and the 32 granted by DEP.

The state agency has been limiting connections to the sewer system in part to encourage the authority to complete the plan. The Act 537 plan is a mandated study that looks at anticipated demands on a sewage system.

Cherubini said the limit on connections has slowed down a few developments, namely the Century Square and Brickyard Common proposals, both in South Greensburg.

The authority board also approved its 2005-06 budget last night.

It shows revenue of $3.85 million and expenses of nearly $3.25 million, a difference of about $600,000. The budget also shows additional debt service of $312,352, for a total net profit of $289,143.

Earlier this year, the authority approved an increase from $3 to $5.25 per 1,000 gallons of use, with a minimum 3,000 gallons of use per quarter billed to customers.

In another matter, Cherubini said dye testing was done at about 250 homes by the end of last week, including about 40 homes up for sale.

The authority is doing the testing to see if customers have their downspouts connected to the sewer system. The authority wants the downspouts out of the system as it tries to solve overflow problems at the treatment plant during heavy rain.

As part of that effort, the authority also is looking to install three equalization, or holding, tanks, which hold excess water from rainstorms until it can be pumped out to a waterway.

The board agreed to solicit bids for installing the tanks on Brown Street and Euclid Avenue. The authority hopes to reduce the estimated $3 million expense through a grant or low-interest PennVEST loan, Cherubini said.

Solicitor John M. O'Connell Jr. told authority board members that the Hempfield Township Municipal Authority would like to meet with them.

One topic will be a development of about 2,000 homes and shops proposed by the Glasser family near Hannastown, the attorney said.

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