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Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority seeks to expand in Monroeville

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority officials want to expand their business.

Authority board members plan to approach Allegheny County Sanitary Authority officials to see if Monroeville customers adjacent to Murrysville would be able to switch sewage providers.

“It would give us a nice quantum leap into the next level of service that we want,” board Chairman Mark Adamchik said. “We could expand our workforce then.”

The Murrysville-based authority serves 8,823 customers in Murrysville, Export, Delmont, Salem Township, Penn Township, Plum and Monroeville.

The number of Monroeville customers was not available.

Monroeville Mayor Greg Erosenko said the municipality hasn't been contacted by FTMSA officials. Monroeville is slated to move its water customers to the Westmoreland County Municipal Authority's service in 2016, but no other major utility changes are under consideration, Erosenko said.

“I don't know what we'd say until we see what they're proposing,” he said. “Everything is possible, I suppose.”

Alcosan declined comment other than to say they have not been contacted by FTMSA.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has approved the authority to treat 5 million gallons of wastewater each day. In June, it treated an average of 4 million gallons per day, slightly higher than its annual average of 3.8 million gallons per day.

If the authority were to apply to exceed that limit, it would be required to be staffed around the clock. Adamchik said the board had contacted Alcosan officials previously, but the outgoing executive director said he couldn't help. Now, the board plans to contact Alcosan quarterly to see if any interest has grown.

“It's a real opportunity for us,” board member Jim Hamilton said. “It's just a matter of getting somebody to shove their board on it.”

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-871-2365, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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