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Meters will track stormwater flow in Apollo sewers

| Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, 11:00 p.m.

Apollo will be getting a look at how effective its new sewage system is.

Flow meters were installed Thursday at various points in the 0.3-square-mile borough.

The flow meters will measure how much groundwater is being kept out of the new system.

Apollo and many other Alle-Kiski Valley municipalities have been under a federal court order to separate stormwater and sewerage pipelines.

The borough recently completed installing new sewer pipes in the community. The old pipes will carry strictly stormwater.

Apollo is a member of the Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority, which installed the meters.

Borough engineer Rich Craft said it will take a few months to see how well the new system is working and if there are any problems.

The pollution problem stemmed from stormwater and sewage flowing through shared pipes.

During heavy storms, the old pipes couldn't handle all the flow and untreated sewage found its way into the Kiski River.

No tax, sewage or trash fee hikes

Council gave final approval Thursday night to a $645,000 budget that keeps property taxes at 11.65 mills.

The biggest 2017 expense will be police costs jumping from $132,000 to $150,000.

Sewage rates will remain $28 per quarter; trash collection rates will stay at $36 per quarter.

Council reappointed Solicitor Timothy Miller. The borough budgeted $17,000 for Miller's attendance at meetings and for borough-related research and court appearances.

Brian Johnston was reappointed as Apollo's representative to the Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority and Councilwoman Nancy Walker will represent the borough on the library board.

Council will continue to meet the fourth Thursday of each month. The exceptions are Oct. 19 and the two December meetings on Dec. 7, 2017 and Dec. 14, 2017.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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