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March 24, 2014

Shenango sewer sale hearing set

NEW CASTLE — Shenango Township supervisors will decide next week whether or not to sell the township sewer system.

A hearing on whether to sell the sewers to the New Castle Sanitation Authority has been set for 6 p.m. March 31 at the Township Municipal Building, 1000 Willowbrook Road. Supervisors will vote on the sale at the meeting.

Township supervisors would not say at their meeting last week whether they have decided to sell, nor would they reveal the price offered by the sanitation authority for the system.

Supervisor Russell Riley said that if the supervisors decide to sell the system, the fate of only one job, that of sewage department manager Mary Gaye, would be at stake, but that options would be considered. All public works employees who work on sewers, as well as township roads, would be retained by the township, he said.

The sale would transfer operation, billing and repair of the 1,500-customer system to the sanitation authority. Shenango already sends its sewage to the authority for treatment. The township currently makes about $140,000 profit annually from the sewer system.

Supervisors also heard from Louis and Rebecca Dando of Alborn Avenue, who complained about a collapsed sewer line which runs through their backyard and is expelling raw sewage. Mrs. Dando said her children cannot play in the yard because of the health hazard.

Supervisors promised action and asked the township engineer to look at the situation. They said a smoke test will be arranged, if all involved residents agree to it. The test will tell how far the line runs, where it ends and if it has any cracks.

They also assured the Dando’s that, even if the sewer system is sold, their problem would be followed up by the New Castle Sanitation Authority. 

(Email: grzebieniak @ncnewsonline.com)

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