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Work continues on intermunicipal sewage agreement

Work continues on an intermunicipal agreement for the transmission of sanitary sewage for a site in Parryville.

In August, the Franklin Township board of supervisors, along with Parryville’s Borough Council, held a joint meeting to develop an intermunicipal agreement for the transmission of sanitary sewage at 770 State Road, Parryville, for the building that will soon be changing over from Keystone-Harley Davidson to a medical center along with space for the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit to expand.

Bennett Family Properties LLC’s confirmed property transfer by Joe Bennett said previously that “the CLIU will be located on a little over 18,000 square feet, with the medical center on the other 10,000 square feet.

“The dialysis center operated by DaVita would operate as a separate entity from Keystone Harley-Davidson.”

The Department of Environmental Protection said the former agreement that was made years ago when Blockers was connected was done incorrectly and that every municipality involved should be signing that agreement.

Since the property transfer was confirmed by Joe Bennett, agreements have been in the works.

Officials are nearing a finalized agreement, however, they’ve endured some roadblocks along the way.

Bennett was in attendance at Franklin Township’s Tuesday meeting as both municipalities work to develop an intermunicipal agreement.

Concerns still need ironed out about a few things in the agreement in regard to the relationship between Franklin and Parryville, and the responsibility of billing and receiving payment on both ends.

Bennett requested at Tuesday’s meeting that he be afforded the opportunity to view Solicitor Thomas Nanovic’s copy of the resolution that had been written.

“All parties haven’t seen the agreement yet and they may feel as though it’s unfair that they haven’t had the chance to look over it. It’s not appropriate for third parties to see an agreement that everyone hasn’t had the chance to agree upon,” Nanovic said.

Nanovic told Bennett that he’d spoken with Parryville’s counsel, attorney Robert Frycklund, who has a copy of the agreement as well but reiterated that “not all parties have had the opportunity go over the document, therefore I do not feel comfortable sharing it.”

Supervisors’ Chairman Jason Frey said, “The Franklin supervisors have agreed with Parryville to work together on this, as you know. We’ve bent over for Parryville. They have to meet us halfway, and they’re getting there. An agreement has to be made from a DEP perspective, and we’re not far from it.”

“It’s a complicated agreement, but clearly we’re making progress,” Nanovic said. “I’d like for myself along with the Franklin Township supervisors, as well as the engineers involved to meet to discuss very soon so that we can continue to move forward with this.”

A look at the Keystone Harley-Davidson building in Parryville, where a medical facility and a Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit building will be located at 770 State Road. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO