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May 11, 2012

Mahoning preparing for next sewer phase

NEW CASTLE — Mahoning Township expects to seek bids in six months for Phase III of its sanitary sewer project.

The completion of Phase III would mean approximately 600 of the township’s 3,417 households would have sanitary sewers.

Supervisor Gary Pezzuolo said at this week’s supervisors meeting he eventually hopes to have water and sewer lines in the entire township, if economic development continues and money is available.

The long-awaited $7.5-million PennVest grant — which makes Phase III possible — was awarded last month after several unsuccessful applications. It will allow extension of sewer lines into Edinburg, all the way to the site of the proposed racetrack/casino near the intersection of Routes 422 and 551 and add about 200 more households.

If funding allows, lines also will be built going east on Route 224 toward Harbor Road. The township is waiting for PennVest to rule on whether it can use some of the money to restore items that had been cut from the just completed Phase II sewer project to save money.

Pezzuolo said plans are going ahead for Phase III, despite uncertainty over whether the racetrack/casino actually will be built in the north part of the township.

However, he added, he has reason to believe progress is being made “faster now” on plans for the track and is hopeful there will be an announcement within the next month.

Also this week, the supervisors said 52 of the 394 residents on Phase II of the sewer line have paid their tap-in fees. The tentative date for sending the first monthly bills is Sept. 1. Seven contractors have been approved by the township for the work but more are needed.

Contractors must have a $10,000 bond, liability insurance and a $200 township contractor’s license. Anyone interested in getting on the list should contact township office.

Residents have 60 days to tap in to the line after they receive a letter from the township. Letters are being sent out in batches.

Greg DelPrincipe of RAR Engineering said he hopes to hear this month whether the township will receive grant money to help low- and moderate-income residents pay their tap-in fees.

Officials also are seeking lifeguards and other workers for the township pool. Anyone interested should contact the township office. Applications are due May 22.


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