By Felicia A. Petro/Senior Reporter
SLIPPERY ROCK TOWNSHIP —
Slippery Rock Township supervisors approved a development agreement with the Slippery Rock Municipal Authority for a new wastewater treatment plant.
The supervisors took the action on Monday, and hope ground will be broken in the spring for the $9 million plant, said supervisor Paul Dickey, who is also the general manager of the authority.
The authority must first get a permit to build the new wastewater treatment plant - which will be alongside the current one - from the state Department of Environmental Protection, he said.
That can't happen until the DEP first accepts the authority's 537 Plan.
"It's an evaluation of the sewage treatment process," Dickey said, including the current operation and the projected operation.
The 537 Plan also evaluates whether the projected plant is large enough to accommodate usage, which will include residents and businesses from both the township and Slippery Rock Borough, he added.
The authority also takes care of water treatment for both municipalities.
The current wastewater treatment plant was built in 1923, Dickey said.
It underwent expansions and upgrades in 1955, 1964 and 1982, he added, making it 30 years since the last improvement at the plant.
The new plant will have all current technology, since the old one has seen better days, Dickey said.
In other business, supervisors announced the state Department of Transportation denied the township a speed reduction on a stretch of road on Route 108 just outside the borough.
The supervisors were looking to have the limit reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph to accommodate a road in the future that would link that portion of 108 to Crestview Road, Dickey said.
Allegheny Mineral is filling in an area that it mined at the location, and agreed to grade it for a future road that could make it easier to avoid traffic into the borough or to be an access for a development, he noted.
Supervisor John Hines suggested speaking to state Sen. Mary Jo White and state Rep. Jared Gibbons about getting support for the road, and then revisiting the issue.
"We'll see if they'll stand with us before we talk to (PennDOT leaders in) District 10," Hines said.
Published Oct. 24, 2012, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.