Fawn Grove and the South Eastern School District continue to negotiate the details of an agreement that will bring a public sewage system to the borough.

Representatives for the two parties have been meeting for about a year on what would be the borough's first public sewage disposal system.

A proposal has been made and is being revised to meet the needs of the two, borough solicitor Craig Sharnetzka said. The two sides are hopeful to reach an agreement soon, he added.

The state Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging them to work together to create one disposal system and treatment plant.

South Eastern for many years has operated a sewage facility for its Fawn Grove-area schools: Kennard-Dale High School, the two middle schools and Fawn Area Elementary.

Fawn Grove's property owners have on-lot septic systems, some of which have stopped working properly. Because of these failures, DEP is requiring the borough to provide public sewage for all landowners in the town. The close proximity of the district's system led the state to suggest the borough try to connect to it rather than build a plant of its own.

Talks between Fawn Grove and South Eastern began about four years ago, but then lapsed in 2010. By December 2011, the borough council had voted to abandon a joint operation and pursue a system for borough use only.

However, newly elected board member Karrie Strickland and Supt. Rona Kaufmann revived the issue, which led to discussion with council president Gordon McFadden in January 2012. The borough formed a committee, which has been meeting with school officials ever since.

The district's system is managed by Singh Operational Services under a three-year contract for operations and maintenance services.