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Fort Lawn seeks money for sewer project

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By Stephen Guilfoyle

FORT LAWN - Fort Lawn Town Council says it will need about $300,000 to become part of a regional sewer system and not have rates for in-town residents increase.ThecouncilaskedChesterCountyCouncilforhelpwithfinancingoptions,butChesterCountySupervisorCarlisleRoddeyandCountyTreasurerJackKindlesaythereislittleavailablemoneyinthecountybudget.InNovember,FortLawnTownCouncilvotedtojoinaregionalsewerplanproposedbycityofLancasterandLancasterCountyWaterandSewerDistrictofficials.Theplancallsforusingan8-inchpipecrossingonarailroadbridgeovertheCatawbaRivertogetthewastewatertoLancasterCounty.FortLawnwouldassumeresponsibilityforthepipeovertheriver.Thetown’sdecisiontoworkwithofficialsherewaspromptedbySpringGlobal’sdecisiontostoptreatingthetown’swastewateratitsGraceComplexonS.C.9nearLancaster.FortLawn’swastewaterhasbeentreatedtheresincetheearly1970s,butSpringsGlobalhasbeenadvisingthetownforyearstoseekothertreatmentoptions.Thecompanynotifiedthetownlastyearthatitwouldnotoperatethesewerlineafter2010.Aspartofthenewplan,SpringsGlobalwillgivethesewersystemtothetown,anditwillupgradethelineacrosstherivertoS.C.DepartmentofHealthandEnvironmentalControlstandards.PatRoddey,whoisworkingontheprojectforthetown,toldChesterCountyCouncilonMondaythatSpringswillshutdownthetreatmentplantinNovember.Hesaiditwillcostabout$1.1milliontogetFortLawn’swastewatertothecityofLancaster’sWestMeetingStreetplant.ThecityofLancasterandtheLancasterCountyWaterandSewerDistrictareputtingup$400,000toupgradelines,mostlyontheLancasterCountysideoftheCatawbaRiver.Ofthat$400,000,hesaid$100,000isbeingdonatedfreeandclear.Theremaining$300,000isofconcern.PatRoddeysaidthestateandTheSpringsCloseFoundationhaveagreedtohelpthetownwiththeproject.Butwithouthelpfromthecounty,FortLawnwouldhavetopasstherepaymentamountalongtotownresidents,whichwouldmakeratesincrease.Ratesarenowatabout$4per1,000gallonsofusagefortownresidents,butratesmaygoashighas$4.35per1,000gallons,hesaid.ChesterCountyCouncilmembersexpressedadesiretohelpthetownwithitsproblem,butnoideaswerementioned.Countyofficialssaidtheywouldperhapshaveareportatoneofcouncil’smeetingsinApril.