Export, Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority officials at odds

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Export officials are at odds with the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority again.

Borough officials said last week they plan to forward about $4,300 in bills to the sanitary authority after a sewage line overflowed twice within 24 hours during late July.

A sewer line along DuraBond Lane — an offshoot of Kennedy Avenue – backed up in late July, Council President Barry Delissio said. Contractors pumped the line, but the next day, the manholes were overflowing again, Delissio said.

“We brought in another company to come in and clean it out,” Delissio said. “We've evaluated the line, and it looks OK.”

Export is the only community of the seven served by the Murrysville-based authority that maintains its own lines. The authority processes waste for the borough but does not work on its lines.

Delissio said the problem isn't with Export's lines.

“Something's not right,” Delissio said. “Our engineers say it is FTMSA's (sanitary authority's) fault.”

Authority manager Jim Brucker tells a different story.

Brucker said that when the line was cleared, the waste was flushed into a nearby regulator box, which diverts storm water from the sewer system. That's what caused the line to back up again so quickly, Brucker said.

“I was going to send them a bill about all of the problems,” Brucker said. “The line plugged up. I offered to help, and they hired outside help.”

The dispute is the latest disagreement between borough and authority officials. In 2010, the authority filed a civil lawsuit against the borough that accused it of allowing more than 100 properties to continue having defective sewer connections that need repairs. That case still is in dispute.

Earlier this year, Export Council refused to pay a $3-per-account fee levied on all of the authority's customers that is designated to pay for long-term repairs.

Brucker said Monday he had not yet received the bills and couldn't comment whether the authority would pay them.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627 or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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