Concord aims to add sewers in two areas

Concord Township supervisors want to bring public sewers into two areas of the township.

One location is Andrien Road in the northeast section of the township, and the other area is along Route 202 from Smithbridge Road down to the beer distributor in the split near Goodwill and Targetmaster.

To do that, the township must update its sewer plan — the Act 537 plan — and get approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The board approved updating the plan during its April 5 meeting, but there was some controversy with the move because some residents in the Penns Grant section thought their community would be included in the updated plan.

The township previously held two meetings on the matter, but there was some apparent confusion. Supervisors’ Chairman Dominic Pileggi said as much during the April supervisors’ meeting.

He and fellow Supervisor Libby Salvucci both said they were under the impression that most of the residents of the Penns Grant community were against having public sewers brought in. Yet several residents said just the opposite during the public comment section of the April meeting.

There are a total of 108 homes in Penns Grant, but only 37 were earmarked for getting public sewer service. Then the board considered adding another 22.

However, Pileggi said, “I thought there was more of an outcry from people who said they didn’t want the sewers.”

Salvucci concurred, saying there were 37 homeowners who thought they were being pressured to have the sewers even though it would cost too much.

What the board decided to do was amend the Act 537 Plan for Andrien Road and Route 202, then revisit the idea of adding sewers in Penns Grant.

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Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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