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Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 12:31 a.m.

Faced with an aging sanitary sewer system, Monongahela city council approved a study to explore possible repairs.

But Councilman Tom Caudill voted against the study proposed by Councilman Ken Kulak, saying it would open a Pandora's box of costs the city can't afford.

“Our sanitary lines are probably failing due to age,” Kulak said at the Wednesday meeting.

Kulak said there is no money budgeted for sewage line repairs. He suggested a study be conducted to provide council with options for repairs, equipment and staff training.

“Replacing those lines would be expensive,” said Caudill, chairman of the finance committee.

“Tom, you will be a vital part of that study,” Kulak replied. “I'm talking yearly maintenance of lines. I'm not talking replacing all of the lines.”

Meanwhile, Kulak said the city must update its flood plan ordinance by March 2015 to comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency standards.

Kulak said he attended a meeting Wednesday, at which the issue was discussed. The state Department of Community and Economic Development will assist with the ordinance update.

Kulak said extreme weather and development has changed the flood plan.

In other news, council gave the final approval to a five-year extension of the contract under which Monongahela police patrol New Eagle.

The extension, which runs through Dec. 31, 2019, was approved by New Eagle Council on Monday.

The only changes are modest rate increases in the final four years of the pact. The rate will remain at $191,214 this year and in 2015. It will increase by 1 percent each year as follows: 2016 - $193,126; 2017 - $195,057; 2018 - $197,007; and 2019 - $198,977.

In other news, Mayor Bob Kepics said the council of Ono San Pietro, Italy, last month passed a resolution designating it as a sister city to Monongahela. Last year, Monongahela council adopted a resolution naming Ono San Pietro as its sister city.

A celebration of the sister cities is planned for August, the mayor noted.

“I think it's going to be a great affair,” Kepics said. “We have a lot of ancestors over there who came to the Valley to work.”

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

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