Welcome to Lorain Borough


Thank you for visiting Lorain Borough on the web; check back often for updates!  Lorain Borough Council would like to invite you to attend the Regular Monthly Council Meetings, held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5PM, to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have as a valued resident of Lorain Borough.

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Borough Office 814-535-7074
Borough Fax 814-254-4086


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IMPORTANT SEWER PROJECT INFORMATION


Lorain Borough Wastewater
Project Update
November 2020

Wastewater System Background

As part of the regional effort to reduce wet weather flows to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority’s Sewage Treatment Plant, Lorain Borough is currently under a Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  The intent of the regional effort is to ultimately eliminate raw wastewater overflows through the elimination of inflow and infiltration (I/I) within the various collection systems included in the region and through the upgrade of system components.  The COA with the PaDEP requires compliance with reduced flow limits by June 30, 2021.  It also requires all properties be pressure tested by the same date.  

The Borough hired Keller Engineers, Inc. of Hollidaysburg to design, permit and inspect construction of the new facilities.

PennVEST funding in the amount of $5,073,000.00 was obtained for the project.  A $2,689,800.00 grant and $2,384,000.00 loan for the project was awarded in January 2017.

The project consists of replacing the entire wastewater collection system, at the same location as the existing.  The existing wastewater collection system serves approximately 300 homes and businesses.  It consists of approximately 22,000 feet of main line, 8,000 feet of lateral pipe and nearly 140 manholes are being replaced with new SDR 35 PVC pipe, along with the related appurtenances and restoration.  All mains, manholes and laterals will be pressure tested. 

Kukurin Construction of Export, Pa was low bidder for the construction of the project at a cost of $3,948,948.00.  

The contractor began construction in mid to late March 2020.  The construction contract is for 300 calendar days.  There was a month-long delay due to Covid-19.

The contractor should have main pipe replacement completed this week with only a few laterals to go. A majority of the testing is up to date.

A majority of the paving restoration and concrete work is completed. They will be working on seeding, yard touch-up and other misc items over the next 2-3 weeks. If grass doesn’t grow, they will be back in the spring to fix, along with other items that arise over the winter.

User Rates

The Borough customers’ bills were recently increased to $30.00 per month to the Borough for the collection system debt and operation and maintenance.  The property owner also pays either $27.00/month or $17.00/month to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority (JRA) for sewage treatment.  If the property owners’ lateral has been pressure tested the cost is reduced to $17.00/month.  

The Borough will be paying an annual loan payment of approximately $92,000.00/year to PennVEST.  This amount is equal to $28.00 of the $30.00 you are paying the Borough.  The remainder is for billing and operation and maintenance.

As required by the PaDEP Consent Order and Agreement, property owners are required to pressure test their lateral and make repairs and replacement, as required to insure water tightness.  This work can be completed at any time.  To date, approximately 100 residents have completed their lateral work.  Once the work is completed and testing passed, the certification is submitted to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority.  The JRA will then reduce the customers treatment cost to $17.00 a month.

Once the lateral work is completed, the user rate will be $30.00/month from the Borough and $17.00 from JRA for the total bill of $47.00/month.  The end result is the total sewer bill will remain at $47.00.  Previously it was $20.00/month to the Borough and $27.00/month to JRA.

There are no tap or connection fees for this project.  The homeowner will be required to pay a $75.00 inspection fee payable to Lorain Borough for verification of testing of the lateral.  The inspection firm receives $50.00 of that fee.


Wastewater Laterals

All homeowner laterals must be pressure tested.  You can pressure test your lateral anytime from today until the deadline on June 30, 2021.  

Information concerning available funding programs for wastewater lateral construction from the JRA, 1st Summit Bank, and PennVEST are available for viewing on the Lorain Borough’s web site at www.lorainborough.org


Lateral Construction Information

Information concerning construction of the homeowner’s lateral is available for viewing on the Lorain Borough’s web site at www.lorainborough.org


Questions

If you have any questions or concerns about the construction or during construction, the Keller Engineers Inspectors will be available on site to answer your questions.

Any other questions can be directed to the Lorain Borough office.






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2020-21 Burn Permits

$15.00

You must have a burn permit to burn recreational fires in the borough. If you are caught burning without one you will be subject to fines. Burn permits for this year are effective from 5/1/2020-5/1/2021

Applications will be in the newsletter or can be downloaded from our website.

http://www.lorainborough.org/home/permits
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LORAIN BOROUGH IS ON NEXTDOOR!


Next door is a community social media site where neighbors can interact with each other about events, selling of items and garage sales, safety and crime, lost and found and other useful pieces of information.  Sign up today and join our community!  Follow this link to sign up:

https://nextdoor.com/invite/prlcdttcwpdphfzdtfpq

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  2021 - 2022 dates are filling fast for the Park!

Reserve your event date TODAY! Phone 814-535-2256 after 11AM and before 9 PM

No Sunday calls



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Move In/Out and Excavation permits are now available online.  You are required to have these.

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Have You Lost Your Job Due To COVID-19?

If you are a Cambria County resident who lost income due to the pandemic-related economic slowdown, you may be eligible for rental assistance through the CARES Rent Relief Program.

The CARES Act Rent Relief Program may be able to help if you are behind on your rent and have lost at least 30% of your income due to COVID-19.


Download an application now. Send it on July 6th.


 


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2020 Census

We are asking that all residents of Lorain Borough take the time to fill out the 2020 Census. There are many benefits to the community by participating.

The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more. The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

To respond:




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