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Residents raise a stink about sewer work

| Friday, June 23, 2006

The contractor who handled the Lower Beaver Phase II sewerage project on Monday will begin to address resident complaints and other maintenance and cleanup issues, municipal authority officials said.

A small number of residents complained to the authority on Thursday that their properties or streets were damaged during the public sanitary sewer project. The residents wanted assurances from the authority that the damage would be repaired.

Authority officials told the residents that their concerns would be addressed.

Jenlynn Court resident Erik Mamros told the authority that the street -- a private one -- was damaged during the project. Mamros said that vehicles bottom out on a section of the road -- a problem that didn't exist before the project.

Authority Engineer Robert Grigas said he's traveled the road recently and didn't notice a section where his vehicle scraped. Nonetheless, Grigas said he would look into it.

"We will take a look at it and do something if it's necessary," he said.

Gill Road resident Bill Fazio said his yard was torn up during the project and that he expected the damage to be repaired by April. Fazio said the contractor left large divots in his yard.

Fazio also said the contractor was forced to lay gravel on his driveway to prevent the driveway from getting too muddy. Too much gravel was dropped, Fazio said, which caused water to run into his porch.

Grigas said the contractor plans to address Fazio's problem.

"I just want it the way it was before," Fazio said of his property.

Fazio said he wasn't happy to have to tap into the new sewerage system.

"I had a septic system that worked fine," he said. "There were no problems with it."

Fazio said it cost him more than $5,000 to connect to the system. That cost included the $3,640 tap-in fee.

A Beaver Run Road resident also told the authority that her yard was damaged. She declined to identify herself to a reporter and said she didn't want to make waves by voicing her concerns. She said she simply wanted to make certain that the authority was aware of her problem.

Grigas said the authority made a list of maintenance and cleanup projects to be addressed and that the contractor will begin working on that list next week.

About $5 million has been spent on two phases of the Lower Beaver project. The infrastructure was added to attract development.

Some residents opposed the sewerage project, mostly because of the tap-in fee and sewerage bills.

About 350 residents were added to the system as part of the second phase. All of the homes were to be connected by July 12.

Authority member Joseph Dalsass said only a handful of residents will miss that deadline. He couldn't give an exact number and said the cost involved is one of the reasons why some residents won't get tapped in on time.

Dalsass couldn't say if those who miss the deadline will be fined. He said the authority would review each case individually before making a decision.

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