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M A I NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 119 No. 19

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Cresson, Pa.

Washington Township to investigate DEP grant Funding designated from Sunoco Logistics fine

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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By Joshua Byers

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Washington Township chairman Jaime Hartline broached the topic of applying for funds through the state Department of Environmental Protection at the May 2 meeting. “There’s money available. They are using that money to give back to the municipalities who are affected by the pipeline,” Hartline said. Earlier this year, the construction done by Sunoco Logistics was halted by the state DEP. The company had to cease all work on it’s new pipeline, Mariner East 2, and needed to submit specific documents to the DEP for review before any further work could be completed. The halt was due to a series of violations across the entire work zone, which spans the state of Pennsylvania from border to border horizontally. After the review of the necessary documents the DEP fined Sunoco $12.6 million in February. According to a press release from DEP, “The penalty, one of the largest collected in a single settlement, was deposited into the Clean Water Fund and the Dams and Encroachments Fund, in accordance with the provisions of the Clean Streams Law and the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act. “These grants are directed to the municipalities to eliminate pollution and protect the public from unsafe dams, water obstructions and encroachments.” There are some stipulations on who will be given priority for the funding. The release states that projects with “direct and significant benefits to water

Joe Litzinger, Casey Ellis, Hannah Burkhart and Brandon Decoskey.

Lilly Borough requests quotes for air conditioner SEE GRANT, PAGE 5A

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

The equipment for the air conditioner in the new Lilly Borough building is old and doesn’t work. At the May 2 meeting mayor Michael Eckenrode asked if the borough would like to look into fixing the issue since secretary Claudine Falger has to spend all day in the building. “We just got that money in from selling the building. Why

don’t we use it to repair [the air],” councilwoman Michelle Claar said. Councilman Paul Sklodowski asked how much the initial quote was to repair the air system. As far as the members could remember, it was supposed to be around $10,000 for a new system and about $4,000 to repair the current system. Councilman Kevin Hite advised the group that the components to the current air conditioner are old and outdated. He

Gallitzin Twp. updated on wastewater project

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

The conversation about the future wastewater plant in Ashville Borough continued at the Gallitzin Township meeting May 3. Township engineer for the project Ken Beldin Jr., of GD&F Engineers, again attended the gathering to update the supervisors on his findings since April when the board gave him permission to seek out grant opportunities. “I’ve been in contact with USDA [United States Department of Agriculture]. That seems like


the best fit for us,” Beldin said. “They give us the longest term loan we can get.” The USDA will provide the township with a 40-year loan, according to Beldin. The interest rate, though, is tied to the median income for the township, which is $47,000. That puts the township into an “intermediate income bracket.” The rate of the loan would then be 3.125 percent for the 40 years. Beldin said there is the possibility that the board could do an income study for the area served by the wastewater project. If that study is done, then the interest rate could be brought down, making it a “moderate income.” On top of a new interest rate, this income study could also provide up to 75 percent of the funding for the grant. The new interest rate could be 2.375 percent over SEE UPDATE, PAGE 8A

Madison Clinemyer, Mack George, Lexi Strasser, Kylie Guzic, Kayla Simanski and Cameryn Clark.

Devin Dorman, Patrick Nagle and Josh Scalice.

Photos by Joshua Byers.

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