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WHITE: Supervisors postpone hauling of wastewater

by JULIE E. MARTIN on August 15, 2013 11:00 AM

Though the Pennsylvania DEP has plans to start hauling water from a closed water treatment facility in Rayne Township on Monday, the White Township supervisors won’t let that happen until a road bond is secured.

According to officials, those at the DEP said in a letter that they want to begin taking wastewater from the of Aqua Synthesis Unlimited plant Monday. They asked that the township accept a good faith commitment that a road bond will be in place by Aug. 23.

On Wednesday night, supervisors agreed to ask the DEP to wait on the work until the road bond is in place and all township road ordinances are met.

The water will be hauled from the Rayne Township facility via Mabon Road. The portion of the road in the township that they will travel on is less than one mile, according to Milt Lady, township manager.

The township requires a $12,500 bond per mile of road for trucks exceeding posted weight limits, according to Lady. The limit on Mabon Road is 10 tons.

“The trucks going in and out of there are going to be overweight,” he said.

When the now-defunct wastewater treatment facility opened a year ago, trucks going to and from the plant damaged the road, Lady said. When it closed, township officials collected on the bond, using the money to patch the road.

“We’re just protecting the road and all the work we did on it,” he said.

Earlier this month the DEP shut down the converted rodeo arena that had been redesigned as a water treatment facility for wastewater from the oil and natural gas industries.

There are about 1 million gallons of wastewater that the DEP has to haul from the facility. The agency estimates it will take about 275 truckloads to remove, according to Lady.

Township solicitor Michael Delany suggested that the DEP could provide other forms of commitment in place of a bond.

“Put the burden on them to abide by our ordinance, because all they’re going to do is set a precedent,” Delany said.

Once hauling begins, Lady said, it won’t take long for the Pittsburgh arm of URS Corp. — which has been contracted to handle the hauling for the DEP — to complete the job. But Lady said the township does not have a timetable from the agency.

In other business, the supervisors:

• Deeded a township-owned road slope easement to George Lenz. Officials decided last month to turn the land over to Lenz as well as adjacent property — that, to Delaney LLC — pending the township engineer’s review of whether the area was stable.

According to Lady, the engineer’s review found that the slope’s condition was secure and if further determination was required, core drilling, at a cost of $7,500, would have to be done.

Delaney LLC had paid for the core drilling on its portion of the easement, officials said.

Lenz indicated that he was willing to accept the easement without further tests.

He abstained from the vote.

• Awarded a contract to Homer City-based Eagle Air Service Inc. for installation of a new HVAC system at the municipal building. The company’s bid of $11,238 was one of seven submitted. Its proposal includes installation of a Goodman brand HVAC system, which comes with a five-year warranty on parts and a 20-year warranty on its heat exchanger.

• Approved a request from the Indiana Country Club to set off fireworks from 9 to 9:45 p.m. at its Sept. 1 Labor Day picnic.

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