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Jefferson Hills Council approves payments for treatment plant construction

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

Jefferson Hills will begin next month its first payment for the $56 million cost for the Clairton Municipal Authority to expand the wastewater-treatment plant.

Borough council approved Monday night to pay $593,934 from March to December 2013 for Jefferson Hills' share of the $1.9 million total bond payment for the $56 million construction.

Jefferson Hills' flow is about 30 percent of the overall amount the Clairton Municipal Authority handles, said Andrew McCreery, Jefferson Hills finance director.

“At some point, we were going to have to pay it,” McCreery said.

“We didn't know how Clairton wanted to do the bond payment. It was anticipated. We knew this was coming at some point.”

The expansion, which will allow the plant to take on more wastewater flow, is required by the state Department of Environmental Protection, McCreery said.

Borough officials were told in January that the payments would begin, but McCreery said Jefferson Hills is prepared. The payments will come from the borough's sewer revenue fund.

Council also voted on the following items Monday:

• Advertising the 2013 pavement maintenance program. The program costs $375,000 and includes Alice and Decker avenues; Third Street; and, officials hope, Wray Large Road, from state Route 51 to state Route 885, said Tom Lovell, public works director.

• Purchasing two in-car digital video systems from Watch Guard for $10,540 and gym equipment for the police from Fitness Doctor for $9,865.

Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at lvanwert@tribweb.com.

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