Plans Moving Forward for CMA to Take Over Sewer Lines in Clearfield Borough, Lawrence Twp.

CLEARFIELD – The plan for Clearfield Municipal Authority to take over the sewerage lines from Clearfield Borough and Lawrence Township is slowly moving forward.

Additionally, the state Department of Environmental Protection is working with CMA regarding closing the combined sewer overflow and sanitary sewer overflow in the system.

Manager John Williams reported that both the borough and township have approved the Act 537 plan and need only to pass resolutions to that effect.

Engineer James Balliet said they submitted a letter to DEP outlining options for the CSO/SSO closing and are receiving extra time from DEP as long as they continue to move forward with the takeover plan.

After the resolutions are passed, CMA will need to work on asset reassignment and loan refinancing and repayment. He said he hoped they can finalize the takeover by July of 2020, but said that is not a guarantee.

The board also learned that CMA received $30,061.50 for the sale of excess nutrient credits. Duncansville Municipal Authority purchased 178 and Republic Services Landfill in York purchased $8,411, all at a cost of $3.50 per pound.

Upcoming projects were also discussed. Williams said that lift station No. 4 in the Wolf Run area needs replaced come spring.

The 20-foot steel tube has begun to rust in places and water is leaking in and no one is willing to do repairs. The lift station has been there since 1973, and the approximate cost will be between $100,000-150,000.

The board also learned that the statewide precipitation study has been completed by DEP, and Balliet said it will affect the proposed rehabilitation work for Montgomery Dam. The authority will be able to downsize the scope of the project, saving about $1-1.5 million.

The authority will also be applying for the state Department of Community and Economic Development Small Water and Sewer Grant program once more.

This time, the proposed project will be purchasing and installing 10 flow meters to monitor inflow and infiltration. The grant is 85 percent with a 15 percent match and the approximate cost of the meters would be $100,000.

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