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By Stacey Federoff
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Sewickley Township's sewage authority customers will experience no rate increase for 2013, but an additional usage fee may be in the pipeline.

Municipal Authority of the Township of Sewickley's board approved a balanced budget for 2013 at $864,254.

Treasurer Rich Bosko said the authority is now operating with fewer construction costs, but more operational costs.

“We have more people that are tapped in, more people that are paying now, but more bill payments,” he said at a meeting this week.

Rates will remain at $58.95 per month as the tap-in fee for new homes will remain at $3,800.

President Brian Merdian said the board may consider an overage charge within the next year for $5.65 per month for every 1,000 gallons over the first 3,000 gallons.

The authority also voted to have engineers conduct a feasibility study and estimate costs of a connection with the Sutersville-Sewickley Sewage Authority.

Engineers will consider a line that parallels Sutersville-Rillton Road and continues near Slaughter Hollow Road before connecting to the authority's plant on Lowber Road.

The study, which will cost $1,500, would be submitted to the Sewickley Township supervisors if it is cost-effective.

“We'll work with the supervisors in whatever plan the supervisors come up with to resolve the issue,” Merdian said.

The Sutersville-based authority has about 515 customers in the borough and some in the Sewickley Township village of Lowber, but is a separate entity from the Herminie-based authority that services about 1,300 customers, Merdian said.

“Their stressed financial situation is not going to affect our solid financial situation. (The authorities) are two separate things, and we intend to keep it that way,” he said.

Engineers are expected to return with the study for the board to consider at its January meeting, Merdian said.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or

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