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Final payments OK'd for Mt. Pleasant Twp. sewage project

| Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
Linda Harkcom | for the Daily Courier
Mt. Pleasant Township Municipal Authority Board President Jerome Yasher presents Authority General Manager Carol Davis with a plaque recognizing her years of service to the organization upon her retirement this week.

The Mt. Pleasant Township Municipal Authority closed two chapters in its history during this week's board meeting.

The board finalized payments and contract amounts for the recently completed sewage project and said goodbye to authority General Manager Carol Davis.

“We thoroughly enjoyed working with you, and you have done a wonderful job. It's appropriate that this is the final requisition, and you made it with us to the end,” said Chairman Jerome Yasher.

Davis began working for Mt. Pleasant Township at the project's inception 10 years ago and became employed by the authority when it began. After a month vacation, Davis will return to the authority as a part-time temporary employee to assist Secretary Stacey Hayes, who will move into Davis' vacated position.

The final requisition for the sewage project totaled $926,896 and included money held for future condemnations, equipment, liquid damages for contracts three, four and five, and included a net payment to Savage Heavy Highway for contracts three, four and five minus the money held for liquid damages.

Final change orders for contracts three, four and five were approved. Contract three had an decrease of $48,550 to bring the final total for that contract to $1,018,966. Contract four had an increase of $74,666 to bring the total of that contract to $2,097,094. For contract five, there was a minor decrease of $5.25 to make a total for the contract $2,647,723.

During discussion over approving the settlement of the Gregory Dorundo property at 187 Larkspur Circle, the board went into a 10-minute executive session while solicitor Les Mlakar explained how Pennsylvania eminent domain works.

Upon return, the board approved the settlement of $3,800 for the easement, which divided part of the property to run the new sewage line. Mlakar said since Dorundo did not give the authority the right of way, the authority had to have the property condemned and obtained the easement through eminent domain.

“He still owns the property, but it is subject to our easement. He cannot do anything to the property within 20 feet of the easement without our permission,” Mlakar said.

The board established a list of attorney's fees for collection of municipal claims. Mlakar said those who are delinquent will be notified of the fees and will have 30 days to pay them, or a claim will be filed.

“The fees are standard for attorneys in Westmoreland County for these services,” Mlakar said.

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.

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