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By Natalie Gorsuch
Williamsburg Correspondent 

Catharine Twp. Works to Move Sewer Project Forward


“We need to move forward,” Catharine Township Chairman Ken Brenneman said during last Thursday evening’s regular Catharine Township meeting,

Brenneman was referring to the Act 537 plan process for the Williamsburg-area sewer project.

The purpose of the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection sewage facilities program is to implement the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act (Act 537) in order to help address existing sewage disposal needs, and to help prevent future problems through the proper planning, permitting, and design of all types of sewage facilities.

Dave Cunningham of Keller Engineers, Hollidaysburg, was present to give an update on the extensive process.

In regards to the Ganister sewer portion of the project, Cunningham explained to the standing-room only crowd that “we’ve taken it all the way we can before meeting with the Williamsburg Municipal Authority” to discuss ownership of sewer extension.

The supervisors instructed Secretary Eleanor Harclerode to arrange a meeting with the authority in June. Cunningham also discussed an Act 537 grant which covers 50 percent of the planning costs, which he estimated at $45,000.

Cunningham asked the board for a resolution applying for a grant along with a letter committing the township to pay 50 percent of the costs if it is selected for a grant. Chairman Ken Brenneman made the motion to accept resolution and write the letter with Vice Chairman Heather Flaig seconding the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

There was an issue brought up with the recent credit cards the township received and the low limit of $500 per card. Roadmaster Michael Fay said this would not cover the costs of emergency equipment or other emergency costs concurred by the township. Vice Chairman Heather Flaig made a motion to allow Secretary Harclerode to work on paperwork asking for a $2,500 combined credit limit increase. Boardmember Ralph Rispoli seconded and the motion passed.

Roadmaster Michael Fay also told the supervisors of the township receiving a Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Maintenance grant for Hemlock and JR totaling around $43,000.

A closed-door executive session was held during the meeting to discuss personnel matters.


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