Greencastle approves water connections for Hess Development

PAT FRIDGEN

Five residences in the Hess Development were among seven applications for water service reviewed at the Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority meeting Monday night, Aug. 15. The board approved the connections to public water for 11648 Kimberly Drive, 11706 Kimberly Drive, 11665 Kimberly Drive, 606 Lynn Drive and 645 Lee Drive, as well as for 6553 Tranquil Way, and 5705 Tranquil Way. The tapping fee for each was $2,665.

Womack said three other households in Hess had signed an extension agreement to connect by 2019, as required by the authority, in the process of  drawing to a close a connection issue activated after it ran a water line through the neighborhood in 2007. Two other households have until Aug. 24 to hook on to public water.

The board received a letter from Antrim Township indicating its action at an Aug. 9 meeting. It reminded Greencastle that while the supervisors approved the transfer of a loan currently held by Antrim Township Municipal Authority to GAFCWA, as described in the Option Agreement regarding the sale of the system, a condition was that certain property owners were exempted from connection. Since the agreement was not fully executed by deadlines specified, a decision was made to rescind the Jan. 11 approval of the loan transition.

The letter concluded, "The supervisors have been and continue to be in agreement that regionalization of utilities would be in the best interest of the area. With the expected growth in the near future, it will be important to consider other options for combining these services in the hope of encouraging economic development and greater intermunicipal cooperation."

Other business

Tom Mongold, developer of Heritage Estates West, told the board he was having trouble getting financing for his costs on extending Greencastle's water main to his subdivision. GAFCWA manager Kenneth Womack said he had a little more time, because PennDOT postponed its date on letting bids for paving U.S. 11 until December, but construction would begin in the spring. Therefore, Mongold needed his payment in before then, or he would not be able to obtain water service.

The board approved paying Wexcon, Inc. $145,321 for work on the Madison Street water main replacement project.