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Sharpsburg claims sewer deal with O'Hara outdated, plans to renegotiate

| Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Sharpsburg officials want to review an agreement with O'Hara on water flow from township properties into the borough's sewer system.

The 1985 agreement calls for 151 residents from O'Hara to pay a fee for water flow into Sharpsburg's sewer system. Councilman Lou DeLuca said that number has grown greatly since that agreement was made. It now is 1,240 residents.

O'Hara currently is being billed $40 each for the 151 homes that use the sewer system and a $1,670 maintenance fee. Those fees were increased in 2007.

Borough engineer Robert Ziskhau said the need to examine the agreement came from a proposal that would add pump stations in O'Hara, which would put more flow into the borough's system.

“You're not paying for the total number of houses that are coming into the system now, and the proposal is for several hundred additional houses under the new construction, so now is the time to make it work,” Ziskhau said.

Ziskhau and borough Solicitor Mike Witherel will be in charge of renegotiating the agreement and presenting it to officials.

Ziskhau said the two will need to review information available to come up with a fair agreement to present to O'Hara officials.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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