Delmont considers $4 sewer hike
By Amanda Dolasinski
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Delmont residents might have to chip in an extra $4 a month to defray costs related the borough's new sewage plant.
Borough council will vote next month on a proposal to increase the sewer rate from $41.25 to $45.25. The increase would pay off a 10-year loan to pay for the pump station.
Council originally discussed a $5 rate increase but shot it down after deciding residents also might get hit with an increase from the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority, or FTMSA.
“I hate having the residents slammed with a $5 increase,” Councilwoman Becky Matesevec said.
The Cramer Pump Station, which is in Salem but maintained and funded by Delmont, has been in disrepair for years. A project to renovate it has been in the works for 20 years, officials said.
Most recently, seals on the pumps have been breaking and requiring replacement. Officials also changed the chemicals used to process sewage through the station to address the complaints of nearby residents who said the odor from the station was offensive.
In September, council agreed to obtain a $1 million loan to pay for the planned renovation and eliminate old sewer-related debt.
An increase of about $3.50 per resident would cover the loan repayment, Council President Jim Bortz said. Any extra money would be put in a fund to cover emergencies or future maintenance.
The pump station should last 20 years, Bortz said.
“I wouldn't mind going with $4 and then in maybe two years, raise it again another $1,” Delmont Councilman Andrew Shissler said.
“I was just trying to smooth things out 'cause I don't know what rate increases FTMSA also has 'cause they can have their rate increases as well.”
Council approved a request to advertise the $4 rate increase, with Bortz dissenting. Council members Alyce Urban and Randy Cupps were absent.
As part of the new plan, officials will install a new wet well between the ramp and existing pump station, a new generator and a new roof in addition to replacing four pumps. The new system would be gravity-based, instead of pressure-based.
Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- South Fayette parents express dissatisfaction with handling of bullying
- Higher fuel costs help established airlines, hinder startups
- Kovacevic: Bylsma’s moves — yes, moves — pay off
- Legal experts question prosecuting South Fayette boy for recording bullies
- Physical Columbus team is a hit in playoff opener against Penguins
- At least three people dead in Armstrong County crash
- DVD reviews: ‘Philomena,’ ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and ‘Ride Along’
- Penguins rally to escape with a victory in Game 1 against Columbus
- Dravosburg residents try to save PNC Bank from closing
- McKeesport Area students may ‘have their cake and eat it too’
- Pitt wraps up spring football practice with closeness, competition