The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

August 20, 2013

More line replacement work ahead

City authority targets 4 areas for spring

JOHNSTOWN — Work on main sewer line replacements continues to disrupt traffic patterns in several neighborhoods, and there is more to come, Johnstown Redevelopment Authority leaders warned.

At its meeting Tuesday, the authority moved forward with the last of three phases of work financed by Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Investment Authority low-interest loans.

Work should begin next spring on

sewer replacement in the Southmont Boulevard, Franklin Street, Roxbury and 8th Ward areas after the authority on Tuesday approved a resolution to have The EADS Group start design work for the

project.

It is all part of the massive response to state Department of Environmental Protection orders to eliminate sewage overflows during periods of high rainfall across Greater Johnstown.

Stormwater entering the sewage system overloads the Dornick Point sewage treatment plant, creating pollution in area streams.

Next year’s work is planned in conjunction with PennDOT’s project to replace a catch basin at Southmont Boulevard and Franklin Street.

The state will cover half the authority’s cost to move its sewer line, as required for the PennDOT project.

Sewer, water and natural gas lines will be affected by the project, authority Solicitor William G. Barbin said.

Because those lines are located in the PennDOT right of way, the state can require the owners to relocate them, as needed, at the owners’ expense, Barbin said. A state law allows PennDOT to cover half the cost for municipalities and their authorities.  

The first $9 million PennVEST loan has been used to develop a flow monitoring system and begin replacement work in the Sell Street area, engineer Steve Sewalk of The EADS Group said.

Also on Tuesday, the authority finalized a funding stream to keep work moving on the current project, which includes parts of Hornerstown, Moxham, Walnut Grove and Roxbury.

A resolution was approved establishing a $5 million line of credit with Northwest Savings Bank to cover contractors’ invoices until the state releases PennVEST money to reimburse the authority, said Wayne D. Gerhold, a Pittsburgh attorney handling the interim loan.

“PennVEST has a reimbursement system,” Gerhold said. “It’s a whole review process before they draw down the loan money.

“The authority has to get some interim funding, or bridge funding, to make sure the contractors in the project get paid on time.”

Randy Griffith covers Johnstown Redevelopment Authority for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/photogriffer57.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Denne, Williams & Stanton Records hearing scheduled

    A Cambria County judge will consider complaints filed by two Johnstown residents seeking documents related to the city’s municipal waste water operation at hearing at the end of this month.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sen. Bob Casey Casey targets heroin

    The heroin trade has brought addiction, death, violence and theft to Johnstown and other Pennsylvania communities.
    Figuring out how to deal with those issues is difficult for local, state and federal officials.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drive-in to open with high-tech projector

    Drive-in movie theaters and the term “state of the art” seldom share the same sentence.
    But that will soon be the case for the Silver Drive-In, it’s owner said. The Scalp Avenue site, often marketed as a nostalgic summer night escape, soon will boast a high-end projector capable of displaying the latest and greatest blockbusters in razor sharp high-definition, theater owner Rick Rosco said.

    April 18, 2014

  • Sheetz work underway

    Earthmoving is underway at Richland Town Centre for a nearly 6,500-square-foot Sheetz store.
    And the real estate broker marketing the land says a 3,000-square-foot retail building will be built next door.

    April 18, 2014

  • Smith, Shakir Mosi Police seize heroin, money in Prospect

    Johnstown police reported that several bricks of heroin, along with $4,000 in cash and a handgun, were discovered in the city's Prospect neighborhood around 4 a.m. Friday. An arrest warrant has been issued for the man be­lieved to be the owner or renter of the two homes raided.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Comedy night targets serious problem

    Animal advocates are using comedy to take aim at a serious problem.
    The third annual Funny Fundraiser to benefit the Nardecchia Spay and Neuter Fund will be held at 8 p.m. May 16 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

    April 18, 2014

  • Local briefs 4/19/2014

    April 18, 2014

  • Early morning police raid in Prospect area leads to arrest warrant

    Johnstown police reported that several bricks of heroin, along with $4,000 in cash and a handgun, were discovered in the city's Prospect neighborhood around 4 a.m. this morning.

    April 18, 2014

  • Home is Where The Tribune-Democrat is Delivered!

    April 18, 2014

  • new councilman Judge fills City Council vacancy

    A lifelong Johnstown resident who has never sought election to public office was named Thursday to fill the vacancy on City Council.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads