Borough engineer Edward Korab told the council Thursday night that the report was erroneous, and that the plan was not ready for review by the state Department of Environmental Resources.
Korab said the plan presented to Thornbury had not even reached the design stage. "It was a concept, an idea for an in-line system that treats sewage in the pipeline before discharge," he said.
The DER has to do an effluent-quality study as well as other work before it issues a discharge permit, he said. Korab said he planned to set up a meeting between DER and borough officials in a couple of weeks to discuss the Thornbury sewer-line proposal and its effect on Media's water system.
About 325 houses are slated to be built in two developments in that township to be called Thornbury Hunt and Cobblestones. The developer proposes to build a 2,500-foot sewer line that would empty into Chester Creek about five miles above the Media Water Co.'s new pumping station.
In another matter, the council approved entering into an agreement with the Middletown Township Sewer Authority by which the authority would reserve a 150,000-gallon-a-day capacity in Media's sewer-treatment plant.
Sherwin said the agreement would run for 50 years and give Middletown the right to send that amount of sewage into the Media plant over that span.
In return, the authority would pay the borough a one-time payment of $125,000 as its share of capital costs, plus interest of 8.3 percent a year on the plant's recent $1.9 million worth of improvements, and 5 percent a year of operational costs.
The council's action came on a 6-1 vote with James Cunningham, the lone Republican on the seven-member body, dissenting. Cunningham gave no reason for his vote. The action, in effect, authorized the borough solicitor to execute the agreement with the authority.