Alcosan awards Shaler $400K GROW grant for Saxonburg Boulevard Work - ShalerJournal.com

Alcosan awards Shaler $400K GROW grant for Saxonburg Boulevard Work

Monday, October 21, 2019 | 12:01 AM


Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (Alcosan) is awarding Shaler a $400,000 Green Revitalization of Our Waterways grant to line Saxonburg Boulevard’s sanitary sewer line.

“The idea there is that we will eliminate infiltration and inflow from the surrounding area getting into our pipe, and we will be doing everything we can to help those residents out and help the system as a whole,” township engineer Matt Sebastian said at a recent commissioners meeting.

Township Manager Tim Rogers said that Alcosan is contributing 66% in funding of the $630,000 project.

“This is a big sanitary sewer project and we’re trying to deal with the recently promulgated environmental protection agreement between Alcosan and the EPA. We are going to be required to reduce inflow and infiltration over a 20-year period,” he said.

“Whenever we’ve had a backup in Alcosan’s system, this is the first area the township sees that backup,” Rogers said in August when the township was applying for the grant. “So, this will give us an opportunity to line it, and try to reduce some of the inflow and infiltration that goes into the line.”

“Matt (Sebastian) is to be congratulated, along with Gateway Engineers (who are assisting with the work), because of the size of a grant for this kind of a project on Saxonburg Boulevard,” Rogers said.

Board President David Shutter also commended Rogers for his role.

Also at the meeting:· The commissioners awarded a $28,015 bid to Oakmont-based A. Folino Construction Inc. for paving Perlick Street and $21,376 for Craft Avenue. North Hills Council of Governments processed the bid. The township will receive a $20,000 Community Development Block Grant, through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, for the project.

· Duke’s Root Control Inc. of Syracuse, N.Y., treated more than 15,000 feet of Shaler sanitary sewer pipe by inserting hoses from each manhole to manhole and spraying a chemical killing underground vegetation in the lines.

· Following the success of resurfacing the Ellen Hughes Park tennis court and multi-use court, the township is researching resurfacing additional courts throughout the township, the township engineer said.

· The commissioners approved the application for a Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant for a feasibility study along Mt. Royal Boulevard researching multi-modal amenities for pedestrians and cyclists. Walk Bike Shaler members spoke about the grant process during a township committee meeting.

· Eric Schmidt, Shaler Hampton EMS executive director, said the emergency medical service provider submitted a request to become Sharpsburg’s ambulance provider and discussed the proposition during a borough council meeting. Sharpsburg has tabled its discussion until the November meeting.