With sewage fees likely to rise, Manor Council caps pay

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In anticipation of a rate hike to help pay off sewage-project debt, Manor Council implemented a cap on how much the borough's sewage collector, Mike Radakovich, will be paid.

Council is expected to vote within the next couple of months to increase the quarterly sewage rates because of a $1.6-million loan the borough has for a state-mandated project that includes replacing combined sanitary and storm-water lines, borough manager Joe Lapia said. He estimated the increase would be about $20 per quarter per customer.

Because the rate increase is projected to generate about $105,000 in new sewage fees, council decided to implement a cap on Radakovich's compensation, which will remain at 4 percent of collected fees. Council set the ceiling at $21,500 for collections through the end of December 2014, which is when Radakovich's appointment as sewage-fee collector expires.

Radakovich, who also is the borough's tax collector, was elected to a new four-year term last week. Council budgeted $25,147 for the sewage collector's 2013 fees.

The existing base rate for most borough residents is $88.99 per quarter for the first 3,000 gallons of water. However, homeowners who are served by the Penn Township Sewage Authority pump station – including those in the Crimson Pointe plan and homes on Rowe Road – pay $134.37 for the first 3,000 gallons.

After borough officials finalize the amount of the increase, the rates will be effective for the fourth-quarter 2013 bills, Lapia said.

Citation pending

Engineer Ed Antonacci said that the owner of a Manor bus lot accused of violating the borough's storm-water-management ordinance will be cited.

Westmoreland Conservation District officials, in a recent inspection report, said Paul Kerber of First Student Charter Bus Rental should be responsible for the cleanup of gravel, concrete and other debris that were deposited into Brush Creek behind the bus lot.

Antonacci said that some areas of the site shouldn't have been paved, and some millings were installed without the borough's permission.

Kerber declined to comment about the situation.

Chuck Charrie, a First Street resident who lives near the bus lot, confronted borough officials last week about setting a deadline for zoning officer Ed Howley to file the citation.

“I don't want it to drag out any longer,” Charrie said.

Both Lapia and Antonacci said Howley, who serves as the zoning officer for several communities, is working on the situation.

Custodian hired

Council hired Brian Christ of Fairview Drive to be the new part-time custodian, pending the results of a pre-employment drug screening.

He will be paid $12.65 an hour for up to 18 hours a week for cleaning the administrative, police and park buildings and the community room after rentals.

Eleven people applied for the job.

Streets adopted

The borough now will be responsible for maintaining streets in the first three phases and part of the fourth phase of the Woods of Brandywine housing plan.

By accepting ownership of the streets from the developer last week, the borough is eligible to receive annual liquid-fuels funding from the state Department of Transportation to help pay for their maintenance.

Rec board

Council appointed Joy Clontz, the president of the Manor Lions Club, to serve on the borough's recreation board.

Because the term expires at the end of the year, council will have to approve her appointment again next year if council members choose to keep her on the board.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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