GAFCWA negotiates payment plan

PAT FRIDGEN

A developer wanting water addressed the Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority Monday night, to update the board on his progress and to receive assurance water would still be provided to him.

Tom Mongold from Heritage Estates West stated he was ready to start infrastructure work next week on Phase I, consisting of 78 lots. "We want your water and want to make sure you still want to give us water," he said. He and GAFCWA had made an agreement a year ago, but financing issues in the recession had slowed his plan.

HEW had agreed to give Greencastle $841,000 for water service. The authority had to install water mains for the development to the north of Buchanan Trail West and west of U.S. 11. Some of the work was done last year and the rest will be completed next summer. Most of the money for water main construction was due on a prorated basis once Mongold sold lots.

He offered to pay the first bill of $323,000 in the spring.

Authority manager Kenneth Womack said he needed the money sooner, since engineers would begin design plans in December. Bids for installing 1,500 feet of pipe along U.S. 11 would be let in March. The line would be increased from 4 inches to 8 inches to provide sufficient fire flow to HEW.

Womack said Greencastle was under a time constraint because PennDOT was set to repave the highway in the fall. He suggested HEW pay $100,000 in December and $223,000 on May 1. Mongold liked the idea and agreed that his attorney would work out the details with GAFCWA solicitor Jan Sulcove.

Don't be late

Authority members Greg Rock, Robert Miller and Jason Gerhart adopted a resolution to adjust penalties for people delinquent in paying their water bills. They agreed it would affect just a few people. Customers will be notified of the changes in fees on their fourth quarter water bills in late December.

Womack reiterated his position toward people who ran into trouble meeting their financial obligation. He was open to help with a remedy if notified before the bill was overdue. "If you have a problem, come see us. Don't wait and ask for forgiveness later."