Kiski, Apollo vie over sewers
Kiski Township can't start work on a $300,000 sewer separation until it irons out agreements with neighboring Apollo.
The township wanted to start on April 1 to install a new sanitary sewer on First Street, township Solicitor Tim Geary said.
But the state won't let that happen unless Apollo gives its permission.
Apollo officials are refusing to sign off on the project until the township accepts maintenance agreements on the lines that are to the borough's liking.
“The Department of Environmental Protection has indicated they will not issue the permits to Kiski until we go through Apollo,” Geary said.
The existing combined system will become a storm sewer.
The township's sanitary and storm sewers tie into the borough's lines.
Apollo wants Kiski Township to share in maintenance costs of the lines within the borough, based on the flow into them from the township. The impact of additional development in Kiski Township also is a concern.
The township and borough have been negotiating for several months.
Apollo Council President David Heffernan said the state requiring Apollo's approval before Kiski Township can start work puts the borough in the “driver's seat.”
Apollo Council discussed the issue on Thursday with its engineer, Rich Craft of Olsen and Associates, but could not reach any conclusions. Council decided to meet again on April 9 to continue deliberations.
Kiski Township officials are ready to start construction, which can be finished in three months, according to Geary.
The project is intended to reduce excess flow to the Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority's treatment plant. If the separation is not done, township residents could face higher sewage bills because of the excess flow, Geary said.
“We really want to get started,” he said.
Geary said the township and borough had a maintenance agreement on the sanitary sewer more than two years ago, but Apollo officials refused to sign it.
The borough then wanted a separate agreement for the storm sewer, but the township initially balked. A proposal was made, and engineers and lawyers for the two municipalities have been tweaking it, Geary said.
“All the things they asked to be changed we agreed to — the reasonable things,” Geary said. “You can't give somebody else a blank check.
“We're not asking for a blank check, and we're not giving them one.”
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Leechburg Area replaces standout softball coach, who was cited for shoving student
- Parks woman accused of burglarizing house
- Roaring Run Watershed Association pays fitting tribute to late naturalist Rau
- South Buffalo planning commission signs off on revised gas compressor plan
- Saxonburg man jailed for burning boy, 7
- Lower Burrell teen uses operatic gift to support Alzheimer’s charity
- Harmar police make 2 drug arrests as part of crackdown on crime
- Deer Lakes teachers authorize strike if contract not reached by Christmas
- Cheswick councilman resigns after missing 16 months of meetings
- Apollo-Ridge School District to list tax delinquents on website
- Teachers, support personnel negotiate in 6 Alle-Kiski Valley school districts