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Ligonier Township sewage tap-in deadline tomorrow

| Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Ligonier Township Municipal Authority is turning up the pressure on Darlington and Laughlintown customers who have not connected to the sewage system or paid tap-in fees.

At its Aug. 6 meeting, the board agreed to have Attorney Donald Snyder start the process of sending letters to noncompliant customers to alert them of possible legal penalties after Friday's deadline.

After the meeting, office assistant Joyce Zickefoose provided a recap.

For the Darlington project, 302 tap-in fees have been paid, and 266 customers have connected to the system, Barb McMillen of Gibson Thomas Engineers told the board.

Thirty-six customers have not connected but have paid their tap-in fees, while 21 customers have not paid or connected.

For the Laughlintown project, 80 tap-in fees have been paid, and 76 customers are connected. Six customers have not paid or connected, while four customers have paid but are not connected.

The board approved requests for extensions of time to connect to the system for two customers, Zickefoose reported.

David Johnston, who owns property along Foggy Bottom Road, is completing the job himself but is a little behind, so the board set Sept. 1 as his deadline. Allan Link recently purchased a Goldenrod Lane property that is being renovated. He needs to dig up the foundation, which would delay installation of the new sewage line, so the board agreed to give him until May 1.

Engineer Ben Faas reported that the Redrock area water line project will likely begin in the fall. He said he is awaiting a PennDOT schedule for its plans to work on Darlington-Rector Road, which is in the area of the project.

In other business, the board contemplated several options for making its payroll operations more efficient.

Zickefoose said the authority's payroll from Paychex Payroll Services, a Pittsburgh-based company, was received eight days late.

The board discussed four options for addressing the issue: not changing the system, paying $15 for UPS to overnight the checks, buying checks and processing them in house, or asking all employees to enroll in automatic deposit. The board decided to table the matter until next month's meeting.

The board approved a $2-per-hour raise for Zickefoose, who works part time. She will receive $14.50 an hour. Despite being a part time employee, Zickefoose has worked full time hours due to the authority's numerous projects and its conversion to new billing software.

The board would like her to return to a part time schedule by the end of September.

The next meeting will be held 4 p.m. Sept. 3.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or