Elizabeth Township looks to dissolve sanitary authority
Elizabeth Township commissioners are taking steps to dissolve the municipality's sanitary authority.
At a regular meeting on Monday, commissioners voted unanimously to direct township solicitor Pat McGrail to craft an ordinance terminating the Elizabeth Township Sanitary Authority.
The board will vote on it at a special meeting next week.
The board voted to hire attorney Jack Cambest to oversee the termination procedure at a rate of $95 per hour.
McGrail said Cambest was counsel for Forward Township when it dissolved its sanitary authority. Board of commissioners president Gene Francesconi, vice president Larry Vota, and Commissioners Claire Bryce and Chris Evans voted in favor of hiring Cambest. Commissioners Joanne Beckowitz, Donald Similo and Robert Thomas voted against it.
The actions came less than three months after commissioners voted to add two extra members to the sanitary authority board by amending the authority's article of incorporation, an action that was overruled by the Pennsylvania Department of State. The department said the action did not conform to state law because the authority did not propose the amendment.
McGrail said the township legally is authorized to termi nate the authority.
Officials say the township will operate the sanitary system once the authority is dissolved. As to who might oversee operations, Francesconi said, “We're nowhere close to that decision yet.”
The township has been without a business manager since February, when commissioners fired Aaron Sukenik from the position he'd held since July.
Prior to his hiring, the township had been without a chief administrator for about six months after former township secretary Malisa Migliori resigned in response to commissioners' changing the township's administrative structure.
Francesconi said the township could hire someone or use an existing employee to oversee the system. He would not elaborate on why the authority should be dissolved.
A special meeting is scheduled for April 9 at 7 p.m.
“The only thing I can say is come to the special meeting,” Francesconi said. “I got lots of reasons why I think we're better off going the way we are.”
Not all commissioners endorsed the move.
Similo said that even though he voted in favor of having McGrail draw up an ordinance, “That doesn't mean I agree with it.”
“We have to get it out on the table to see if it's feasible,” Similo said.
Thomas, who serves as commission liaison to the authority, said he had questions about the legality of the township dissolving the authority.
“I think it's a big mistake,” Thomas said. “I think our sanitary authority has run a good business.”
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Vigil at site of homicide remembers slain McKeesport plumber
- McKeesport heritage center event recognizes famous black Mon Valley musicians
- Steel Valley to post teacher, administrator salaries online
- McKeesport Area students share views during Black History Month panel talk
- Work to merge Twin Rivers, Steel Valley councils of governments drags on
- White Oak seeks funds to stabilize road
- Duquesne Elementary School students join the ranks of junior constables
- Duquesne City School District administrators cite student progress
- Crowd demands answers from Steel Valley directors over playoff eligibility controversy
- Hearing delay granted in fatal McKeesport arson case
- Clairton City School District seeks savings in food service management