Connellsville Municipal Authority presents budget
Connellsville Municipal Authority Tuesday night presented a proposed $1.4 million budget for 2013 that will include a recent drawdown of $90,000 from a PennVEST loan.
The authority is still waiting for the remaining $70,000 from PennVEST, according to John Tomaro, professional engineer of Widmer Engineering.
Jerry Fox, the authority's superintendent, said the PennVEST loan has been allocated to fund an estimated $1.8 million for the combined sewage overflow project that separated the storm and sanitary sewage systems.
Rod Gunderson, the authority's treasurer, said authority members are encouraged to review the spending plan and to ask questions before the final adoption next month.
“We want to make sure that everyone understands that this is a preliminary discussion on the budget,” he said. “Questions will be answered before we take action to adopt the final budget next month.”
The budget is currently $50,356 in the black, but Gunderson said those figures could change if the authority has to pay additional money to move sewage lines located along Arch Street near the Falcon Stadium. Tomaro explained that PennDOT recently contacted the authority about a second bridge replacement project.
Trump Run, the first bridge project, is currently under way, and the authority is required to pay half the cost of moving sewage lines, according to Tomaro.
“There will be an additional engineering cost on the second bridge,” Tomaro said. “If PennDOT agrees to leave the Pittsburgh Street job the way we designed it, the cost would be about $100,000 less. The authority's share of the savings would be about $50,000.”
In other business, Tomaro told authority members that he is in the process of preparing demolition specifications for the historic Aaron's Building located at the intersection of Pittsburgh and Apple streets.
“We haven't been specific yet with what we want to do with the sewage lines in the building,” Tomaro said. “It's a five-story building with a basement. The roof and all five floors have collapsed and the debris is now laying in the basement. We really don't know what's going to happen yet and what it's going to take to demolish the building.”
Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.
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