PROSPECT — Borough officials hope to take the lead in developing a 10-municipality regional water and sewer system.
Besides Prospect, the proposed system may include Brady, Connoquenessing, Franklin, Lancaster, Muddy Creek and Worth townships, and Connoquenessing, Portersville and West Liberty. The area will encompass Moraine State Park.
The proposed name is the Moraine Area Sewer and Water Authority.
Jim Willard, borough engineer, said at an informational meeting Wednesday night at the Prospect borough building that the region is growing and is attractive to developers.
An authority, he said, would address public water supply and sewage disposal needs, provide planning possibilities for municipalities and promote development.
“Certainly, a regional authority can help promote growth,” Willard said.
After interest among municipalities and residents is gauged, that the next step is to start working on an Act 537 plan, which is a plan for sewage systems that is required by the DEP, Willard said.
Romel Nicholas, borough solicitor, said that it will take several meetings to take any action toward actually forming the authority.
“It takes time,” Nicholas said.
Discussing the structure of the authority or potential rates is much later.
“It’s just a start. There’s a ton more to discuss,” Willard said.