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Connellsville Municipal Authority adopts budget

| Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 12:57 a.m.

The Connellsville Municipal Authority on Tuesday night adopted a $1.4 million budget for 2013 that includes 3 percent salary increases for its seven employees.

Following a brief executive session, authority members voted unanimously to approve 3 percent pay hikes for Kim Petko, office manager, and Jerry Fox, plant superintendent.

Authority member Pat Trimbath said the pay raises fall in line with 3 percent salary increases that were recently negotiated with five plant operators who are union members.

The budget includes $1.4 million in income and $1.38 million in expenditures.

Authority members said they were pleased to see that the spending plan is in the black.

A breakdown of the income includes $1.163 million in sewer revenue, $2,000 in tap-in fees and deposits, $4,000 in interest, $17,960 in miscellaneous and $215,000 reimbursements from PENNVEST and PennDOT.

Expenditures include $78,504 in administrative costs, $11,500 for total professional costs, $413,600 for total system costs, $392,000 for special projects, $396,000 for total payroll and $90,000 in loans.

In other action, John Tomaro, professional engineer of Widmer Engineering, updated the authority on the South Pittsburgh Street / Trump Run sewage replacement project.

Tomaro said he recently met with representatives of PennDOT, West Penn Power Co. and Verizon to discuss the project.

Since construction on the project is expected to begin on March 1, Tomaro said the authority will need to schedule a special meeting in January when bids will be advertised.

Tomaro said the project was originally expected to cost about $300,000, which would include the authority and PennDOT each picking up $150,000 of the cost.

Because recent changes have been made to the original plans, Tomaro estimated the entire project cost at about $100,000, which means the authority's share would be reduced to about $50,000.

Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.

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