NEWS

Heritage Estates West will get water

PAT FRIDGEN

It was a long time coming, but Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority manager Kenneth Womack was happy to report Monday night that he  received some money.

"Mr. (Tom) Mongold showed up with the checks," he told the board.

Mongold, from Divinity Investments, developer of Heritage Estates West, submitted $223,000 toward a 1,500-foot water main extension along U.S. 11 South and other improvements, and over $27,000 for engineering fees. Originally, Greencastle wanted the money before PennDOT began its U.S. 11 paving project. That is already underway, so the pipes won't get in first, as always hoped.

The project "will probably ultimately cost more," Womack continued, "but the good news is, we don't have to hurry."

He estimated it could be up to four months before specs were designed, bid and awarded. The developer money was required before the authority would install the new line. It was necessary if the subdivision north of Route 16 West was to get public water. Mongold previously paid $100,000 and has a letter of credit on file for the balance of the total project cost of $841,000. The figures between the two parties were agreed upon in 2008, and a letter of intent was signed in 2005.

When the water main is installed, it will run in the shoulder of the road, although some laterals will go under the new paving.

In other business, Womack announced that in two meetings with Greenspring Valley developers, progress had been made in determining a water source. He assured them GAFCWA had the capacity, but fire flow was the issue for the subdivision off Craig Road. Ho Brothers Development, Frederick, Md., had been comparing public versus private water supplies, and ran into obstacles with both scenarios. Greencastle's engineering firm Gannett Fleming had presented a proposal to evaluate alternative water service at a maximum fee of $13,000. Board members Jason Gerhart, Robert Miller, Greg Rock and Rodney Rose favored passing along the cost to Greenspring to see if they were really serious about development. Womack expected that other companies would reimburse Greenspring for upfront expenses when they hooked up to a new water system in the future, if so stated in any water main agreement.

The board approved the purchase of a diesel tractor and finish mower for just over $18,000 through the CoStars program, which came in under the $24,000 budgeted.