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Morrisville Municipal Authority Closes on Land for Wastewater Treatment Project

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Press Release Morrisville Municipal Authority 

Within the next five years, a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility will be in full operation at the Keystone Trade Center in Falls Township.

last week, the Morrisville Municipal Authority formally closed on a 54.36-acre parcel along the riverfront where the new facility will be constructed.

The Authority paid NorthPoint Development $4 million for the land.

The bulk of the former U.S. Steel tract is owned by NorthPoint Development. The developer earlier this month received approval from the Falls Supervisors to begin pre-construction site clearing and other preparations as part of its plans to build up to 15 million square feet of warehouse space for Fortune 500 companies such as GM, Amazon, Chewy, Walmart, UPS, FedEx and more.

Constructing a new wastewater facility to serve the NorthPoint property was crucial to the project’s success. Current water and sewer-related utilities serving the 1,800-acre property were previously managed by U.S. Steel and are antiquated. Last year, in tandem with the purchase of the land from U.S. Steel, NorthPoint designated the Morrisville Municipal Authority as the provider of all water and sewer- related utilities serving the expansive property.

Since December, MMA has owned and managed the water and sewer mains, including most pump stations and related equipment which comprise the four key wet utility functions: delivery of potable water, delivery of raw service water, treatment of sanitary
sewer and treatment of industrial wastewater.

The new wastewater facility will replace MMA’s 60-year-old plant currently housed on a 13-acre parcel in Morrisville. The new facility will serve future tenants of the Keystone Trade Center, as well as MMA’s roughly 40,0000 customers in neighboring communities.

“I hope people will take an interest in the evolution and advancement this represents for us in this area,” said Morrisville Municipal Authority Executive Director John J. Warenda, Jr. “It substantially benefits all of us to have a larger, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility, and to have somebody operating the utility systems on site to better facilitate development at the Keystone Trade Center by NorthPoint and its partners.”

Since 2015, MMA had been meeting with municipal partners and, for several years, has been contemplating building a new facility on a portion of the former U.S. Steel site. With the 54-acre purchase, the proposed 10 million gallon a day facility is expected to accommodate the region and its anticipated growth for the next 35 to 50 years.

NorthPoint plans to spend an estimated $40 million on remediation efforts as part of the $1.5 billion redevelopment. Once built out, the developer has said the project would create between 5,000 to 10,000 new permanent jobs. MMA would service all the future growth at the Keystone Trade Center, as well as its existing customer base.

The far-reaching economic impact of the large-scale redevelopment makes potential grants and other funding opportunities more readily available.
“It should make it a bit easier for us to arrange a total capital funding package,” Warenda said. “We’re in a position to now move ahead with final planning, design and financing.”

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Local Government – Falls Township

Falls Supervisor’s Approve Morrisville’s RCAP Grant Agreement

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A resolution to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the Morrisville Municipal Authority for a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant was unanimously approved by the Falls Board of Supervisors in this week’s Supervisors’ workshop session.

To receive the grant, an applicant must have a local sponsor. The request coming to Falls from Morrisville is similar to what Falls does for the Pennsbury District.

The grant will be used for Morrisville’s treatment plant which is planned to be located on the U.S. Steel’s property.

Falls would strictly be the local sponsor and there is no cost, no risk, and no liability to Falls Township.

The Supervisors approved the request as Resolution 2024-23.

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Local Government – Falls Township

Falls Supervisors Approve Payment Increases for Municipal Bldg Project, Contact for Footbridge, 2 Ordinance Changes

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Last month the Falls Township Board of Supervisors approved change requests from the contractors working on the new municipal building project.

The companies, Rycon and Grace, involved with the renovation project for the Falls Municipal Building asked for consideration of a change order for each company. The board approved the request for both.  Rycon, the general contractor for the building renovations, asked for a change order totaling close to $295,000 for costs associated with unexpected circumstances with building construction. Grace, the construction management company, asking for the total projected increase close to $235,000 for costs also associated with unexpected circumstances with building construction.

The project was awarded in July to Rycon Construction in the amount of $19,230,000; and award the plumbing construction contract to Myco Mechanical, Inc., in the amount of $2,343,000

Work at the site is supposed to last until approximately October 2024, officials have said. 

In other related Board news  a contract was awarded for work on the Vermillion Hills footbridge on Vermont Lane to ABC Construction pending a favorable outcome of the responsible contractor review period. ABC Construction bid $72,500 and Township engineer Joseph Jones said the bid was “well below the budget” of $225,000 that had been earmarked for the project.

The Supervisors also  amended an ordinance related to tree protection standards to add a fee in lieu of tree replacement. Township attorney Lauren Gallagher said the ordinance is not related to residential removal and planting of shade trees, adding that the ordinance is “pretty standard.” Wherever tree removal has occurred or is planned, related documentation must be forwarded to the township’s Shade Tree Commission, as well as the township engineer for review and recommendation.

Advertisement of an ordinance related to parking was authorized by the Supervisors. Gallagher said the various proposed changes to the ordinance were requested by the police department and would remove several restrictions that police said are no longer needed.

The proposed changes included allowing vehicles to park on Vermillion Way from Trenton Road to Vermont Lane. If adopted, the ordinance would remove the permit parking only during school hours restriction to the following areas: (1) Barberry Lane from Black Pine Lane to Buttonwood Lane; (2) 88 Buttonwood Drive; (3) Bluespruce Lane from Birch Drive to and including No. 82; (4) Bluespruce Lane from No. 101 to and including No. 69; (5) Briaroot Lane from Birch Drive to and including No. 80; (6) Briaroot Lane from Birch Drive to and including No. 75; (7) Black Pine Lane from Upper Birch Drive to and including No. 42; (8) Black Pine Lane from Upper Birch Drive to and including No. 37; and (9) Upper Bird Drive from Black Pine Lane to the township line, said township officials.

 

 

 

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Local Government – Bensalem Township

Garbage-Yard Waste Pickup Schedule for Independence Day Holiday

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Bristol Borough
Being that July 4th 2024 falls on the 1st Thursday of the month, which is the Yard Waste Collection day, J.P. Mascaro & Sons will be collecting yard waste the following Thursday, 7/11/2024.

Bristol Twp
A refuse and recycling holiday collection schedule is in effect for this week, beginning July 4th through July 6th due to the Independence Day holiday. There will be no Refuse, Recycling or Yard Waste Collection on Thursday, July 4th. Service scheduled for Thursday will be delayed to Friday, July 5th. All subsequent trash/recycling/yard waste collection will be delayed by one day. For example, pickup normally scheduled for Friday, July 5th will be delayed to Saturday, July 6th. Regular collection services will resume the following week. Please call 267-812-2950 for additional information or questions.

Bensalem
Whitetail Disposal
Collection will be completed on a one day delay for service.
Thursday service will occur on Friday. Friday service will occur on Saturday.
For the remainder of our residential customers, your service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

Falls Township
If the holiday falls on your regular pickup day, trash will be collected on your next regular service day. Recyclables will be picked up on your scheduled service day the following week.

Langhorne Borough
If a scheduled holiday (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) falls on a regularly scheduled pickup day, pickup will be the following day.

Lower Makefield
Residents have private contractors who set their holiday schedule

Middletown Township
When a holiday falls on a collection day, trash will be collected on the next regular collection day. When a holiday falls on a recycling day, recyclables will be collected the following day.

Morrisville
The holiday collection schedule will be on a one day delay from the day of the holiday. For example, a Monday holiday will be a Tuesday pickup, Tuesday will be Wednesday, Wednesday will be Thursday, Thursday will be Friday, and Friday will be Saturday. All pickup days will be delayed by one day during any holiday week. This includes six holidays, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Penndel Borough
Trash and recycling is picked up every Thursday morning. Holiday weeks push trash/recycling pickups to Friday, unless the holiday falls on a Friday.

Tullytown
There will be no bulk or yard waste pickups the week of July 1st through July 5th.  Pickups will resume on Monday, July 8th.

Yardley Borough
Yardley Borough collection days are Wednesday Trash and Recycling – Saturday Trash and Bulk

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