Joint sewage authority eyes early 2013 budget

| Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

Bullskin Township/Connellsville Township Joint Sewage Authority got a preliminary look this week at its proposed 2013 budget.

Chairman Pat Stefano said the board will need some time to look over the numbers before taking action. The budget was tabled.

“I want to take some time to look at this,” Stefano said. “I don't want to rush into it and make rash decisions.”

After reading over the numbers, he indicated that the authority was over its budget on several line items during 2012, but the authority as a whole is “still way in the black.”

“We have some room to make adjustments,” he said. “All in all, we're in a pretty good position.”

In other business, the authority's engineer, Glenn Wolfe of Widmer Engineering, presented an update on several projects.

Other than some cosmetic work, the pipe installation project along Garden Street is nearly completed, Wolfe said.

The project will be about $10,000 to $11,000 over the contracted project amount of $84,970, he said.

“The project is done, and they did a good job,” he said. “I have no issues with the work they've done.”

Board members approved the payment of $75,000 contingent on receipt of an invoice.

Wolfe added that tap letters will be sent to soon-to-be customers.

The board also will look at the possibility of purchasing a new grinder pump core.

Board members also agreed to purchase a firewall security system for the authority's computers at a cost of $815, which will protect the system as well as provide three years of maintenance.

Toward the end of August, officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced project funding totaling more than $5.3 million in combined loan and grant money for the authority to complete Phase II of bringing public sewage to 265 more homes in Bullskin Township.

The authority will receive a $2.8 million water and environmental loan and $2,552,000 in water and environmental grant money, both through USDA Rural Development.

The authority will have to contribute $318,000 for the project that will include laying sanitary sewer lines and bringing sewage service to parts of Johnson Lane, Dryhill Road, East End Road, Skate Lane/Longanecker Road and Richey Road.

The project probably would take at least 2 12 years to complete, Wolfe said.

The authority is in the process of getting the necessary permits and doing all of the paperwork, then it can put the project out for bid, he said.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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