ShareThis Page

Manor Council, Penn Township Sewage Authority support loan request

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 8:12 p.m.

Manor Council and the Penn Township Sewage Authority have given public support to a Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority service-agreement amendment that would enable the WWMA to stretch out its debt for a major improvement project.

Manor Council voted unanimously on Feb. 20 to approve the amendment. Penn Township Sewage Authority board members decided on Feb. 12 that they would back the amendment, but they have not had a formal vote on it, said Stan Caroline, manager and a WWMA board member.

Officials of all six member municipalities must approve the amendment, which would extend the service agreement through 2052. The authority's auditors are recommending a 30-year debt for the project.

Currently, the authority is limited to a 19-year debt term, which means the WWMA would have to pass on higher rate increases to repay the debt, authority officials have said.

The authority is under a state mandate to eliminate discharges of untreated wastewater into Brush Creek in North Huntingdon during heavy rains.

An engineer for the authority is working on the design for the project. In December, he estimated the cost to replace most of the sewage lines and build a new sewage storage tank would be about $58 million.

The other member municipalities where officials must approve the amendment are Penn Township, Irwin, North Irwin, North Huntingdon and Hempfield.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using 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.