Supervisors Reject Sewage Proposal

Posted: June 08, 1989

In front of a standing-room-only crowd of concerned residents, Upper Uwchlan supervisors nixed the current spray-irrigation sewage treatment plan proposed for the Waldengate subdivision.

During its meeting Monday, the three-member Board of Supervisors voted to reject the plan, with two voting against it and one abstaining. The plan had called for a spray-irrigation system to treat sewage in three residential developments and one commercial area. The board reached its decision after studying the plan for several months and after hearing concerns about the system from residents whose properties are near the proposed development along Moore and Dorlan Mill Roads.

Residents' concerns about the system, voiced at prior supervisors meetings, include lack of adequate buffers, odor, and the system's proximity to the proposed site of the Downingtown School District's new elementary school.

After rejecting the current plan, supervisors then permitted Kevin Smith, the attorney representing Waldengate developer Phil Davies, to submit a revised plan to the township for review.

According to Smith, the new plan is "a scaled-down compromise proposal" that will deal only with sewage treatment for two residential areas.

The Eagle Falls subdivision of 184 townhouses and the approximately 66,400 square feet of commercial property abutting Eagle Falls that were originally proposed for treatment are not included in the new plan.

Smith told the supervisors that the new plan reduces the system's lagoon

size as well as the spray area. Revisions also include a larger buffer between the sewage treatment system and adjacent residences.

He noted that the design of the sewage treatment plant would not change, only the size.

The new plan will be discussed at the supervisors' July 3 meeting.

The plan rejected by the supervisors called for the spray-irrigation system to serve 37 single-family homes proposed for Waldengate and 97 single-family homes in Walden III, as well as the Eagle Falls and commercial sites. All of the areas proposed for service are being developed by Davies, of Valley Hill Development in Kimberton.

In other business, the board:

* Awarded contracts for the interior renovation of the township's old schoolhouse, which is used for township meetings, and the construction of restrooms at Hickory Park to L.J. Paolella Contractors in Media. Paolella's bids for the two projects were $15,600 and $54,185.60.

* Commended resident Ben Abels for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle project, Abels constructed the playground equipment for Hickory Park.

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