PINE TOWNSHIP – Some Pine Township residents are not in favor of a sewage expansion project being planned for their neighborhood.
Matt Fuss and Jim Turek of Macrae Drive spoke during public comment at Monday night’s supervisors’ meeting, raising concerns about the township’s proposal to switch their street’s sewage service from individual septic systems to public sewers.
Fuss asked the supervisors to reopen the discussion; he and some of his neighbors were not made aware of the project until recently, he said.
He has touched base with about 30 property owners on Macrae and said that most of them are not in favor of the project, or they did not take an official stance.
More than one septic system in that area has failed, which led to idea of an expansion of public sewers, said Supervisor Jeanine Thompson.
The same thing has been done or is being done in a few other parts of the township, and those property owners are responsible for the hookup fee, which is $4,000, plus contractor costs of about $1,500, she said.
Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection aims to have every home in the state convert to public sewage eventually to prevent groundwater contamination, the supervisors said.
The township has already agreed to spend $10,000 on the preliminary design phase. The project itself wouldn’t start for five years.
“It’s probably gonna happen... We have to do this in stages,” said Richard Stachel, chairman of the supervisors.
Fuss has spoken to township engineer Dan Goncz, and he agreed to set up a meeting with Goncz.
Turek said that his septic system is fine, and he asked supervisors to send letters to all affected residents to let them know what’s going on, offering them $20 to help pay for postage.
Thompson said the township ran a public notice in the newspaper about the project. Turek said people don’t read newspapers.
He and others on his street won’t be able to afford their share of the project, Turek said.
After the meeting, the supervisors said that the township and its sewer fund will cover Pine’s part of the project; they just have to keep saving money in the meantime.
They’re not yet sure exactly how much Macrae residents would have to pay for their share of the expansion, or whether sewage rates will go up; those numbers could change in five years, they said.
There are 36 homes that would be part of the project, and the sewage would go through Grove City’s sewage treatment plant, supervisors said.