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In East Deer, water is going to cost you

| Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, 1:16 a.m.

EAST DEER — The cost of water for the township will go up by 10 percent starting next year, but officials don't know how it will affect residents' water bills.

Commissioners said they received a letter from Tarentum Borough, which supplies water to East Deer, alerting them to the increase.

“So we'll have to take that into consideration when we prepare our budget,” said Commissioners Chairman Anthony Taliani.

Taliani said this is the first water rate increase they've received since 2006.

He also said Tarentum officials told him the rate high are increasing because the borough will be spending more money to update its water facilities.

Township officials say it's still too soon to tell if the price will also go up for residents, but it seems likely.

“Since we buy our water in bulk,” Taliani said, “I'd think it's going to have to go up.”

New trash collector

Commissioners will choose a trash collections company for the borough next week. The township's four-year contract with Morrow Refuse expires at the end of the year.

The township pays $84,000 per year.

Township officials will award a contract to one of three companies, next Wednesday.

Commissioners received bids from Waste Management for $436,000, Morrow Refuse Inc. for $360,000 and Vogel Disposal Service, Inc. for $319,000 — all for four-year contracts.

Police officer resigns

Part-time police officer Nathan Meade resigned from the East Deer Police Department.

He left at the end of last month.

Commissioners said they will hire more officers, since this was the third resignation in three months.

Sarah Kovash is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media. Comments regarding this story can be sent to (724) 226-4666 or vndcity@tribweb.com.

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