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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 12:16 a.m.

Rostraver Township this week filed a letter with the state Department of Environmental Protection expressing opposition to renewal of a permit for the Tervita landfill on Tyrol Boulevard.

One resident, though, suggested the township did not go far enough with its comments.

Speaking at the commissioners' meeting Wednesday, Solicitor Al Gaudio said the township based the comments on his recommendation – “that they would not be able to be contested.”

“We have significant, if not overwhelming, evidence about the odor emanating from the landfill,” Gaudio said.

Gaudio noted that Tervita officials “pleaded guilty to that.”

Residents have complained throughout the year about odor from the landfill.

On Wednesday, resident Cheryl Myers said the problem has returned.

“We're back to stink,” Myers said. “In the last three days, it has stunk again.”

Earlier this year, the DEP determined the landfill owners were in violation of state law and ordered Tervita to correct the problem.

Myers said the township should file comments related to water runoff from the site and asked the commissioners to pay for testing of the water.

Gaudio said comments about water runoff would not meet his recommendation that the township's comments “be limited to those things that can't be argued against.”

He said fighting the landfill over that issue could cost as much as $50,000.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Brian Sokol said he does not foresee the need for a tax increase to balance the 2014 budget.

Sokol said preparations have begun on a new spending plan. The board is expected to meet in special session Nov. 20 to vote to post a tentative spending plan.

A vote on a final budget would come by year's end.

Sokol said the township is negotiating with unions representing police and the road crew. The commissioners agreed to exercise the township's option for health insurance with Highmark.

In other business, the township is looking into providing water service to residents on Indian Hill. The township will pursue a Community Development Block Grant through Westmoreland County.

A survey will be mailed to residents in the neighborhood to determine if the township qualifies for the grant based on the number of low- to moderate-income families in Indian Hill.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or

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