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The final design of a proposed sewage collection system around Lake Carey is more than 60 percent complete and is projected to be finished by early August.

Steven Rowe, an engineer with the Larson Design Group of Williamsport, was on hand Thursday at the Lemon Township and Tunkhannock Township Joint Municipal Sewer Authority meeting with a collection of maps that showed the dwelling units to be hooked up to the system.

The Authority is reviewing and expected to approve the final design in a submission as part of a construction loan application to the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVest) by August 7.

A decision on the Authority’s PennVest application is expected Oct. 17.

On Thursday’s agenda was discussion about expected operating expenses and an agreement for bond counsel which is to be paid out of expected PennVest funds.

Ed Hetzel of the Authority admitted that what the members were coming up with for a budget was a “best guess” of operating expenses with PennVest knowing it will have to pay debt service to keep hook-up fees “affordable.”

Authority members voted to approve West Law Group as the lawyer for construction design not to exceed $75,000.

WLG’s Bill Lawrence said Authority members and the two townships’ supervisors involved needed to get together and come up with a Mandatory Connection Ordinance for each, although that would not have to meet an August deadline.

There was considerable discussion about whether campers needed to be hooked up for grinder pumps.

Veto Barziloski said, “If it’s a lot and livable space, it’s got to have a grinder. That’s my thought.”

It’s a matter that remains under discussion.

Authority secretary Becky Kilmer noted that Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, had asked to be updated about where the Lake Carey plan was in its development phase, and would be given a review on Tuesday, July 16.

Authority members went into executive session at the end of the public meeting to discuss contractual matters regarding the treatment plant site purchase and an easement for an outfall pipe.

Kilmer said that options for the outfall pipe from the treatment plant were discussed, but “No motions were made following our return.”

The LTTTJMSA next meets on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Tunkhannock Township building.