2010-04-29 / Front Page

Ayr Reviews Sewage Expansion Plan

Discusses upcoming paving jobs, Census 2010 return rate

The Ayr Township supervisors reviewed plans for the Mc- Connellsburg Sewerage Authority’s facility upgrade at their regular meeting on Monday evening, but withheld final approval pending further permitting. The township’s engineer, Tom Morisi, of Keller Engineers, attended the meeting and discussed his comments on the plan, saying he had “no glaring” comments to report. It was noted that the county’s Planning Commission found the plan to be consistent with the county’s approved land-use goals and objectives.

The technology upgrade at the plant is currently in the design phase and is necessary to be compliant with new nutrient discharge requirements for the Chesapeake Bay area. The upgrade will include the replacement of existing headworks and influent pumping station building; the addition of new concrete equalization tank and new process concrete tank; modification to existing facilities and tanks; and the construction of a new sludge composting facility.

It is expected that the project could receive final approval in May or June.

It was also announced at Monday’s meeting that road paving bid packages have been requested and delivered to P&W Excavating, New Enterprise Stone & Lime, C. William Hetzer and Fayetteville Contractors LLC. Bids will be opened on Tuesday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. The project includes about 1.5 miles of paving on Ravensburg Road, Mountain Ridge Road and Rocky Road.

The supervisors also reviewed correspondence from the state Department of Environmental Protection regarding 2008 reimbursement to townships for enforcing the PA Sewage Facilities Act. The letter said that due to limited funding appropriated by the Legislature, the department reduced reimbursements for calendar year 2008 to a rate of 42.5 percent of the eligible reimbursement expenses. Ayr Township will receive $361.68 of the $851 amount requested.

A request from a township woman to be exempt from the septic pumping requirement was denied. The woman asked for the exemption, saying that she only resides at the property from mid- April through mid-November. However, the supervisors reiterated that there will be no exceptions to the requirement.

The supervisors also reviewed a letter from PennDOT regarding the township’s request for a speed limit study on state Route 522 at Back Run Road. PennDOT said that if the results of the study to be done within the next four to six weeks indicate that the area is to be posted with a speed of 35 miles per hour or less, it will be the responsibility of the township to purchase, erect and maintain the appropriate signs.

Township secretary Denise Grissinger reported that she spoke with a Census 2010 representative who told her that Ayr Township’s rate of mail-in responses for the 2010 census to date is 77 percent which the representative said was “an excellent response rate.” (See below for a complete chart of response rates in the county.)

The Ayr Township supervisors meet the last Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the township building. The May meeting, which conflicts with the Memorial Day holiday, has been moved to Thursday, May 27, at 7:00 p.m.

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