Increased growth in area and use of lines prompts proposal with Hanover Twp.

Last updated: April 30. 2013 12:28AM - 3153 Views

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WILKES-BARRE TWP. - Township attorney Bruce Phillips discussed a proposed agreement with Hanover Township for the use of its sewage lines.

According to township officials, the new agreement is necessary to satisfy the increased sewer line use from a planned development near the Wyoming Valley Mall, which will feature a Longhorn Steakhouse, Chik-Fil-A and a Buffalo Wild Wings.

Phillips cautioned that the existing Hanover Township sewer lines are outdated and breached in some areas and are in need of $400,000 in repairs. He stressed that Hanover Township plans to apply for grants to cover some or all of the cost of the work and that Wilkes-Barre Township will be obligated for between $80,000 and $138,000, depending on grant money received plus a pro-rata share of maintenance costs for the life of the agreement.

“Any initial obligation outlined in the agreement would be payable over a three- to four-year period,” stressed Phillips.

Phillips added that revenue generated by the proposed restaurant development will far surpass any money spent by Wilkes-Barre Township to accommodate the increased sewage demand.

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