The Sheffield Township Supervisors intend to enact an ordinance to provide guaranty of a loan agreement between the Sheffield Municipal Authority and Northwest Savings Bank at their April 2 meeting.
The ordinance would hold the township responsible for the $4 million loan being taken in anticipation of PENNVEST loan funding for upgrades to the sewage treatment facility and expansion of sewer service. The loan would eventually be repaid with PENNVEST funds.
According to Al Vanderpool of E&M Engineers, who is working on the project, the loan would act to "hold over" the project allowing it to continue until the authority had completed what he described as the "lengthy PENNVEST process."
Each of the two segments of the project will account for approximately half of the project's estimated $8 million cost. According to Vanderpool, about $2.5 million will be provided by grant funding with the remaining $5.5 million being accounted for by eventual PENNVEST funds.
Vanderpool said of the treatment plant upgrade, "It (the plant) simply outlived its usefulness." He noted the facility dates to the 1960s.
"It will be an all-new process at the plant," said Vanderpool, adding that the plant will be utilizing a sequencing batch reactor system after the upgrade.
Vanderpool pointed out the state Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Act 537 plan requires the township to undergo an upgrade within a relatively short time frame.
"DEP has given Sheffield some time limitations on completing the work," he said.
The project will also extend sewage service around the current service area. Vanderpool noted sewer lines will radiate to the Mead Township line on Rt. 6 to the north, on Bull Hill to the top of the hill to the west, on Rt. 6 toward Kane to the south and into the Barnes area on Rt. 666. The project also extends sewage service towards Rt. 948 and into the Utah Rd. area.
According to Vanderpool the project is estimated for completion by the end of 2012.
"We had favorable weather this winter," Vanderpool said. "We're way ahead of where we think we should be."