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Apollo approves part of sewer deal with Kiski Township

| Friday, April 26, 2013, 1:36 a.m.

One of two agreements between Apollo and Kiski Township for maintaining sewer lines between the neighboring municipalities is apparently a done deal.

Apollo Council on Thursday approved an agreement as written by Kiski Township regarding the sanitary sewers.

But Apollo had two issues with the agreement for the storm sewers and is sending it back to Kiski Township with those changes.

Apollo officials have been holding off approval for Kiski Township's $300,000 sewer separation project until the maintenance agreements are settled to their satisfaction.

The agreements specify to what extent Kiski Township is responsible for repairs to the sewage lines in Apollo. Sanitary and storm water from Kiski Township flows through Apollo on its way to the treatment plant or the river.

Apollo has a new sanitary system, but its storm water line is the old combined system and still receives sewage from Kiski Township. The township is poised to remove the sewage from the line by installing a new sanitary line along First Street.

For the storm sewer, the borough and township agreed to work together on repairs. Should a problem be beyond their ability, Kiski proposed that the township would pay 25 percent of the additional cost.

Apollo increased that amount to 50 percent. Council President David Heffernan said the change was made because 80 to 90 percent of the water in the line is from Kiski, including a creek.

“Why would we pay 75 percent of a problem their water caused?” Heffernan said.

The second change involved the township's ability to end the agreement. Kiski's version allowed either side to end it after May 1, 2023.

Apollo changed it to read that ending the agreement would require both entities to agree. The same language appears in the sanitary agreement, Heffernan said.

“As long as water is coming from Kiski Township, the agreement stands,” Heffernan said.

Reached afterward, Kiski Supervisor Jack Wilmot said he will review the storm water agreement with the township's attorney. He said the supervisors likely would schedule a special meeting on the subject.

The township is ready to get its separation project started, and Wilmot said he is worried the contractor may get busy on other work and put the township on hold.

“We want to get going with this thing,” he said.

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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