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Easements from residents needed for Lower Swatara stormwater project

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 6/12/19

Lower Swatara Township still needs 22 easements for an estimated $4 million stormwater project in Rosedale Manor.

The project will address flooding issues and move utilities out of private land …

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Easements from residents needed for Lower Swatara stormwater project

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Lower Swatara Township still needs 22 easements for an estimated $4 million stormwater project in Rosedale Manor.

The project will address flooding issues and move utilities out of private land and into the streets and right-of-ways.

Work will take place on Rosedale Avenue, Hanover Street, Mountain View Road, Lexington Avenue, Brentwood Drive and Market Street Extended.

The township needs about 70 easements — a mixture of temporary and permanent — that would give it permission to do work on residents’ property.

Township manager Betsy McBride and Commissioner Ron Paul knocked on doors in Rosedale Manor recently to talk about the project, and McBride said she heard from some residents after.

Solicitor Peter Henninger said during the May 15 commissioner meeting that most of the temporary easements are for putting tires on the sidewalk during construction. The permanent would give the township access to maintain storm sewer systems.

If a resident doesn’t sign an easement, the township has rights of condemnation. McBride said she hoped to have all of the easements signed soon, but condemnation may start at the end of June if an agreement isn’t signed.

The project likely will be awarded in July with work going from September to June 2020.

Commissioners unanimously approved authorizing the issuing and selling a general obligation note to PennVEST for $5,471,515 to fund the project. The annual debt service would be about $317,000 over at least 20 years.