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Sewage rates set in E. McKeesport

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, 2:26 a.m.
 

East McKeesport council set this year's sewage rates and charges on Thursday.

Rates are going up this year becasue of increases by Alcosan and Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport, said borough administrator/secretary Connie Rosenbayger.

Rates were $8 per 1,000 gallons with a $54 minimum for 8,000 gallons or less. The new rates are $8.50 per 1,000 gallons with a $68 minimum for 8,000 gallons or less.

The borough is addressing an $80,166 hike in treatment charges, but is passing on only a portion to rate payers.

“It's not even a high enough raise to recoup what we're being charged,” Rosenbayger said. “The borough is absorbing the rest.”

Rosenbayger said the borough would have to raise rates $1.72 per gallon to recoup costs.

All motions made at Thursday night's meeting passed unanimously.

Council reappointed James Sokolowski to a six-year term on the civil service commission.

Mayor Robert Howard and councilwomen Donna Ferrainolo and Lynn Brown were approved to attend the Allegheny League of Municipalities conference at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, April 3-6, at a cost of $972 per person.

Council:

• Approved sending four representatives to the Allegheny County Boroughs Association banquet at a cost of $65 per person, but did not name those representatives.

• Names Rosenbayger delegate and council president Kathleen Lipesky an alternate to the tax collection committee.

• Approved Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments to print borough tax bills. Invoices go out April 1.

• Authorized spending $40 for a webinar for municipal records management. It is designed to inform municipalities about important procedures necessary to protect and preserve essential municipal records.

• Approved purchasing a computer via East McKeesport-based DataMatrix for code enforcement at a cost of $1,016.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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