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Apollo, Kiski Township to discuss sewer deal

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 1:01 a.m.

Apollo Borough officials plan to meet with their Kiski Township counterparts to iron out the details of maintenance agreements for sewer lines between the township and borough.

Kiski Township is unable to start work on a $300,000 sewer separation project along First Street without Apollo's approval.

Apollo officials have said they won't give it until and unless Kiski Township agrees to its terms for the agreements on the sanitary and storm waterlines.

Apollo wants Kiski to be responsible for some of the cost because sewage and stormwater from the township flow into the borough's lines on First and North 11th streets.

Apollo council members reviewed points of the agreements in dispute with borough Solicitor Chuck Pascal and engineer Rich Craft at a reconvened meeting Tuesday. Council members Amy Poydence, Pat Zelonka and Darhl Goldinger were absent.

Maintenance of the storm waterline — the former combined line — on First Street is the focus of most of the disagreement, Apollo Council President David Heffernan said.

Part of the water the township sends into the borough's line comes from a creek, he said.

“All I want is to protect Apollo,” Heffernan said.

Kiski Township's apparent ability to terminate the agreement and take disputes to arbitration were points of concern for the borough.

As long as the line exists, Kiski Township should be partially responsible for its upkeep, Heffernan said.

“There's always water going to run down that line,” he said. “Ninety percent of it is Kiski Township's.”

For the sewage line, Apollo wants to be informed of housing and business developments in the township that would add flow to the line.

Borough officials want the township to help replace it if the line's capacity is exceeded.

Apollo has included historical language in the agreement that Kiski Township officials want removed. Heffernan said it was included to provide context for future officials.

“We won't always be here,” Heffernan said. “I'm the only one who knows this (stuff).”

Pascal disagreed with its importance, saying it shouldn't be included if it doesn't affect the township's obligations.

“It seems we're making this incredibly complicated,” Pascal said.

Access road named

Council members chose two possible names for the access road being built through the former Babcock & Wilcox property along the Kiski River.

Their first choice is Scenic Drive. If Armstrong County does not approve that name, the runner-up is Veterans Way.

The borough used grant money to build the road through the property, which is owned by the borough.

Borough officials hope to attract job-creating development there.

Billboard regulations

Council is considering limiting where billboards may be placed, with extra restrictions on illuminated billboards.

The proposed regulations would limit billboards to industrial zones; illuminated billboards would be a conditional use in industrial areas. They would be prohibited in all other areas.

Billboards could only be up to 72 square feet.

The council's planning committee will review the regulations when it meets at 6:30 p.m. April 25. A public hearing will be held when council meets at 7 p.m. May 23.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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