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USDA Invests $14 Million in Infrastructure Project for People in Rural Wayne County


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) State Director of Rural Development Bob Morgan today announced that the Department is investing $14 million in rural Wayne County, PA.

The South Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority will receive a Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant of $14,879,000 to upgrade their wastewater treatment plant for the public sewer system. The plant currently serves residential communities in Salem and Lake Townships, PA. The plant, over 40 years old, has reached the end of its useful life.

"An investment in infrastructure of this magnitude will directly impact the lives of rural Americans in Pennsylvania," said Morgan. "President Biden has laid out a roadmap for building a better America, and this project is another milestone in that plan. With the 'build a better America' agenda, USDA will fund more critical projects in Pennsylvania."

Since 2020, USDA Rural Development has invested $28 million in Wayne County through over 40 programs, with over $103 million obligated in Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.

"Upgrading our aging infrastructure is a top priority for bolstering opportunity and prosperity," said Rep. Matt Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "I'm a strong advocate for programs like this, working to ensure our communities are attractive, safe places to live, work, and play."

The project will receive additional funding of a $3,879,000 loan and a $539,000 grant, following a $10 million loan and grant combination obligated in 2019.

Planning for the project began in 2003, and the Authority is pleased to see it come to fruition.

"We're very excited to have received the grant and low-interest loans for our facility upgrades," said Jack Lennox, executive director for Roamingwood Sewer and Water, agent of the South Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority. "Our communities will have one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country along with brand-new infrastructure."


Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements, business development, housing, and community facilities. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. To subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA plays a vital role in the lives of Americans by transforming the food system, ensuring access to healthy food, making investments in rural infrastructure and clean energy, and promoting equity across the Department. Learn more at www.usda.gov.


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FROM HIDEOUT POA: North Gate Construction Starting July 10, 2023


Starting on July 10, 2023, The North Gate section of The Hideout will be undergoing a construction project to enhance the entrance of the North and South side sections of The Hideout.

This project will consist of milling and repaving both entrances and the exit from the north security guard shack.  The center islands will be removed and replaced as well as the gate access.  This project will be completed by November 6, 2023.

The contractor will have traffic control set up during construction and detours will be displayed to redirect traffic to the Stock Farm Road entrance until this project is completed.

Members with any questions or concerns can give myself a call at (570) 698-4100 ext. 136 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kind Regards,

Dennis Polhamus - Facility Manager
The Hideout Property Association
640 The Hideout Lake Ariel Pa 18436
Office (570)-698-4100 Ext. 136
Direct (570)-630-3717
Fax (570) 698-9457


WHAT NOT TO FLUSH and RS&W's "Three-Strike Rule", Prohibitions, Special Treatment for Outdoor Grinder Pump System


NOTE: While there are many products labeled as “flushable” available today, they are typically not compatible with a pumped sewage system and should not be flushed.

· Diapers (Baby or Adult)
· Facial Tissue, Cotton Swabs & Cosmetic Puffs
· Baby Wipes, Disinfecting Wipes, Moist Wipes
· Toilet Bowl Scrub Pads & Disposable Mop Pads
· Napkins & Paper Towels (Paper or Cloth) Dental Floss
· Egg Shells, Nut Shells & Coffee Grounds
· Aquarium Gravel
· Cat Litter
· Fats, Oils, & Greases
· Food Items Containing Seeds & Peelings
· Hair (Human or Pet)
· Sanitary Napkins, Tampons, Condoms
· Cigarette Butts
· Vitamins, Medicines & Pharmaceuticals
· Wash Cloths, Towels & Rags (No Cloth Items)
· Clothing
· Sheet Plastic & Plastic Items of any Kind
· Paint Thinner, Gasoline or any other Petroleum/Flammable Product

In addition, you must NEVER introduce into any sewer:
· Explosives
· Flammable Material
· Lubricating Oil and/or Grease
· Strong Chemicals
· Gasoline



If service is required to your specific unit and evidence of the unit failure is proven as equipment abuse relating back, but not limited to the information detailed below, your account will be flagged, a letter will be sent to you and Service Call Details recorded as a – Strike One (1). Upon a second service call and the cause is again deemed abuse of the equipment, it will be again flagged on the account, a letter will be sent to you and Service Call Details will be recorded as a - Strike Two (2.) If a 3rd service call is required and again failure is proven to be attributed to abuse to the pumping equipment, a letter will be sent to you and you will be responsible for all labor cost and associated equipment expenses required to get the unit fully operational to our standards – Strike Three (3). Additional service calls, above and beyond a recorded 3rd Strike, that are deemed and proven abuse of the equipment will continue to remain the responsibility of the homeowner.

· $75.00 Service Call fee – 1st offense after final warning letter
· $100.00 Service Call Fee – 2nd subsequent offense
· Parts associated with repair
· Fine to be determined by the Roamingwood Management & Board of directors for further offenses.
· Cost of the EcoTran pump replacement if damage is caused from homeowner negligence or abuse.

Rules & Regulations Regarding Outdoor Grinder Pump System

Sanitary Sewage, discharged into the Sewer System, shall not contain any industrial waste, chemicals, pharmaceuticals or other matters

a) Having a temperature higher than 150° F;
b) Having a grease content of fat, oil or grease of more than 100 parts per million by weight;
c) Containing any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil, or other inflammable or explosive liquids, solids, or gases;
d) Containing any ground or unground garbage; (garbage disposal)
e) Containing any ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood, manure, or any solids, abrasives, or viscous substance capable of causing obstruction or other interference with the Sewer System or the sewage treatment plant into which the sewage is discharged:
f) Having a “pH”, as determined by Roamingwood, lower than 6.0 or higher than 9.0 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to Structure or equipment in the Sewer System or structures, equipment, bacterial action, or personnel of the sewage treatment plant into which the sewage is discharged:
g) Containing a toxic or poisonous substance in sufficient quantity to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, to constitute a hazard to humans or animals, or to create any hazard in the receiving water or sludge of the sewage treatment plant into which the sewage is discharged. Toxic wastes containing cyanide or copper, chromium, nickel, zinc, or other metallic ions:
h) Containing total solids of such character and quantity that unusual attention or expense is required to handle such materials at the sewage treatment plant.
i) Containing noxious, malodorous gas or substance capable of creating a public nuisance.

Where wastes are of such character as to violate any of the preceding regulations, the wastes must be pre-treated to such a degree that they will comply with the preceding regulations prior to discharge into the Sewer System. Violations of requirement “b)” will result in fines of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per occurrence. Violations of all other requirements may result in a fine not less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) or the cost of repairing or restoring the Sewer System, whichever is greater.

Roamingwood shall have the right to assess these fines and/or to direct any Member to cease the discharge into the Sewer System of any waste not complying with these Rules and Regulations.



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