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Rostraver commissioners OK decrease in 2014 garbage rates

| Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 12:11 a.m.

Rostraver Township residents will see a slight decrease in next year's garbage collection rates for the second straight year.

Residents will pay $130 for collection in 2014 while senior citizens will pay $110. The lower rates were approved Wednesday by the Rostraver Township Board of Commissioners at its monthly agenda meeting.

The new charges mean a $10 drop for regular customers and a $20 discount for seniors. Any fee not paid by March 30 will result in a $5 late charge.

Commissioner Pat Egros, who introduced the measure, said the discount is due to a surplus in the township's solid waste fund. The fund will carry a $102,000 balance into 2015, Commissioner Andy Temoshenka said. The fund money can only be used for solid waste and trash collection.

In the second year of a three-year contract with Big's Sanitation Inc., the township will pay $594,000 to the hauler in 2014, according to the resolution.

The board then unanimously declared Chevron Appalachia, LLC in $175,000 default of an agreement to haul across Finley Road. Until the gas company pays its road bond with the township, Chevron is not permitted to haul over Finley Road Bridge.

The board then authorized solicitor Al Gaudio consent to a Westmoreland County judicial ruling that reduced a 2012 assessment of the Brunswick Zone bowling alley on State Route 51. The ruling approved the owner's request to lower last year's tax assessment of the property from $355,170 to $306,450.

In contrast, the board authorized Gaudio and Temoshenka to sign off on recouping $49,977 for damage to a traffic signal Aug. 20 at the intersection of state Route 51 and Harper Drive.

Gaudio said the lift on a truck owned by Golden Eagle Construction Company caused significant damage to the device.

“The township had to obtain some temporary repairs and got an estimate for the permanent repairs,” Gaudio said. “The insurance company, of course, balked and tried to save some money, but we were able to persuade them that it would be in everyone's best interest for them to pay the full amount.”

Three residents addressed the board on continuing stench wafting from the Tervita landfill on Tyrol Boulevard, along with a desire for results of recent water testing around the landfill.

Egros told the residents that DEP official George Sabocheck found “no major violations or excessive smells” during recent on-site inspections.

Gaudio reported the DEP did receive the township's request that the agency deny submitting an operating permit to Tervita and that the DEP was “proceeding in accordance with their process.”

Deb Fought stated she and other neighbors continue to “intermittently” smell the landfill, including Wednesday, and urged other residents to report such incidents to Tervita by calling 1-800-274-3117.

She also said Sabocheck recently took water samples from the landfill and asked Egros to obtain the findings and make them public.

In other action, the board:

• Accepted the resignation of 36-year road crew worker Harold Brown and tabled a motion to advertise filling Brown's position. Temoshenka said the board wants to wait until finalizing its budget before possibly hiring a replacement.

• Announced the Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas celebration will move from behind Sweeney's restaurant to the township's municipal complex. The celebration, otherwise known as “Light Up Night” will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 24.

• Approved subdivision plans for Mayhew Plan of Lots on Patterson Lane and Bible Baptist Church of Rostraver at Route 51 and Snyder Lane.

• Purchased a new copier for the police department in the amount of $2,879 with a $450 allotment for annual maintenance.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2635 or