A meeting was set for Sept. 25 on the waterline project.
By MARY GRZEBIENIAK
HILLSVILLE, Pa. -- At the earliest, construction of a sanitary sewer will begin late next year, residents learned from Mahoning Township supervisors.
Township Engineer Greg DelPrincipe is mapping out the sewer line and said various types of lines and other options are being considered.
Sewage will go either to Lowellville or New Castle treatment plants, he said at Tuesday's supervisors meeting. He added that the large amount of limestone in the township and the hilly terrain pose special construction problems which will drive up the cost.
But the township's numerous problems with septic systems will make it easier to obtain grant money, he said.
Although the areas to receive sewers are not definite, he said U.S. Route 224, Hilltop, Hillsville, Butch Estates, Edinburg and North Edinburg are the most likely.
He added that the entire project will be done in phases and may take several years.
What's behind this
Supervisor Chairman Poncho Exposito said the sewer study is being done under order of the state Department of Environmental Protection and takes in the township's most populous areas.
DelPrincipe said he hopes to submit the study to the DEP by the end of the year. Before that, a public comment period will be advertised and supervisors will have to approve the plan. The DEP then has up to 180 days to review it before construction can begin.
Supervisors also announced a long-awaited meeting on the newest phase of the waterline project is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the township community center.
The first part of the meeting will be informational on financial help available to residents on the North Edinburg phase of the waterline, on which construction will begin next month. Supervisors and water company representatives will take residents' questions.
In addition, a public hearing has been set for 6 p.m. Oct. 8 on federal Community Development Block Grants available for the waterline.
In other business, Exposito said he has received many questions about when the bridge on Churchill Road will reopen. The Lawrence County bridge was closed in mid-August for repairs.
He said the latest word is that it was scheduled to reopen today.
Request for money
Exposito also announced he is sending a letter to BFI of Ohio on Stateline Road, Lowellville, asking for $58,000 toward township projects.
Exposito said that in 1992 the township signed an agreement with BFI in which BFI was to rebuild a railroad line from Lowellville across U.S. Route 224 to the Carbon Limestone landfill. The line would have run through Mahoning Township.
The township was to receive 25 cents for each ton of municipal waste taken to the landfill over the railroad and, in addition, was to receive $18,000 for township safety forces.
Exposito said that though the railroad line was never built, there has been a significant increase in truck traffic to the landfill. He is asking BFI for $28,000 to pay off the loan on the Hillsville water project and $30,000 toward the township paving project.
He said he thinks the request is fair because of wear and tear on township roads from the trucks and because the waterline construction protects residents from the possibility that wells would have been contaminated by the landfill.