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By Natalie Gorsuch
Williamsburg Correspondent 

Catharine Twp. Addresses Paying for Paving Problem


“Some are in bad shape, others are getting worse – where is the money to fund them?” Roadmaster Michael Fay asked Catharine Township Supervisors during last Thursday evening’s regular meeting.

Fay cited Cross Valley, Polecat Hollow, Etna Furnace, Chestnut and Home Street as the top five roads in the township which are in the worst shape. The supervisors suggested a meeting with state Sen. Judy Ward to look for funding options.

PennDOT held a meeting at the township building on Wednesday, June 19, to discuss with the public the replacement of the Mt. Etna bridge in June and July 2020, which will expand the bridge from 15 to 24 feet.

Township Solicitor Dave Pertile was in attendance to discuss the on-lot system management ordinance draft he gave to the supervisors.

It is “very similar to Woodbury Township’s ordinance,” Pertile said.

He asked for comments from Blair County Sewage Enforcement Officer Luke Helsel before proceeding.

Keller Engineers Engineer Dave Cunningham was also in attendance to discuss an update to the state Act 537 plan. Cunningham said that he hopes a draft plan would be ready next month. Cunningham asked Borough Manager Joe Lansberry about the borough’s desire to be in this project.

Lansberry stated that the Williamsburg borough solicitor advised the water and sewer authority not to get involved with the proposed sewer project until the Act 537 plan is completed, citing funding issues.

Lansberry invited Cunningham to next month’s authority meeting to discuss terms with authority board.


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