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February 3, 2013

State presses Greenlee on apartment water supply

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP — The state Department of Environmental Protection has sued the owners of a Hempfield Township apartment complex seeking enforcement of an agreement to upgrade its water supply system.

The parties entered a consent order and agreement June 23, 2011, but the Greenlee Family Trust, which owns Holiday Manor Apartments, has not lived up to its obligation, DEP said.

DEP in August 2010 determined Greenlee is operating a public water system at the complex, but had not obtained an operating permit, DEP said.

The site is fed by nine wells, each serving a separate building, DEP said.

The consent order lists five options, including abandoning the 40 apartments, reducing the number of connections and applying for a public water supply permit.

Greenlee pursued two options, applying for a permit and extending Greenville Water Authority lines to bring city water to the site, and later chose connecting to city water.

However, Greenlee did not submit by Nov. 1, 2011, a plan to bring about the connection, DEP said. The connection deadline was a year later. Failing to meet the deadline results in a $300 penalty, DEP said.

DEP has requested a hearing and a judicial order that Greenlee submit a plan to connect to city water, undertake the construction within six months and pay the penalty.

A hearing has been scheduled for March 25 before Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson.

A message left with Warren R. Keck III, attorney for Greenlee, was not returned.

Greenville Water Authority Superintendent Bill Brady said he has talked with Greenlee representatives about extending city water lines, the last time two or three weeks ago.

“It’s in the works,” he said. “There’s nothing that has been agreed upon at this time.”

Greenlee would have to pay for the extension of about 1,750 feet, and the project would be costly, Brady said.

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