Biglerville’s elected leaders continue to pick through the engineering, financial and bureaucratic tangle necessary to repair and upgrade its infrastructure.
During the May meeting the council received updates on the red tape needed to get the rating capacity of the town’s sewer treatment plant upgraded. The plant, last rated in 2007, has the physical capacity to treat much more wastewater compared to its current rating.
Council member Janet Gliem, chair of the Sewer Committee, estimated the plant is currently treating more than 300,000 gallons per day.
Likewise, while last month the borough edged closer toward a project to replace 1930’s-era water lines, it moved to investigate designs and costs for putting a new water main in on Main Street (state Route 34 South), roughly from the fire hall to the entrance to Kenny’s Market.
The existing water main is 1.5 inches in diameter. The standard diameter now is eight inches.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, the borough council played host to Rebecca Moreland, grants coordinator with the Adams County Office of Planning and Development.
Moreland schooled the council on the complex steps needed to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), to help ease the expenses of upgrading sewer service in the area of Third and Fourth streets in the borough.
Among other items, Moreland said the borough needs to do a survey of the customers who would benefit from the new lines because the CDBG grants can only be granted to populations with 50 or more percent living with low- to moderate-income levels.
Gliem said a survey taken a few years back placed the borough at large at 46.9 percent in that category.
The CDBG program, administered through the state and county but funded by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, was established in 1974 to provide communities and nonprofits with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.
Adams County last year received $300,000, which the Adams County Board of Commissioners doled out according to its assessment of the applications for grants received.
Final figures for the water and the sewer projects are still being determined, said Biglerville Council President Neil Ecker.
“Everything was just let go for too long,” he said.
Moreland said if the borough got its application in by the Aug. 4 deadline, the council would know by sometime in the autumn of 2020 if their bid had been successful. The funds, however much they are, would be available by the following January.
“Any municipalities or nonprofits interested in more information on the CDBG program can get in contact with me,” she said.