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Restoration, sewage connections on authority's list

| Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

With the warm weather, the Mt. Pleasant Township Municipal Authority board is turning its attention to finishing up restoration and making sure final sewage connections are made.

“It's spring and things need done. We are consolidating a list and will look at it with the original engineer for the project to see how to proceed,” Chairman Jerome Yasher told two residents who attended this week's meeting and asked about final connections and restoration.

Joe Tandarich of Windy Hill Drive expressed concerns about landscaping that is yet to be completed, which he said is causing water to run onto his property.

“They are putting together a punch list of things that still need to be done, and I will get back to you,” solicitor Les Mlakar said.

Mlakar assured residents the restoration work will be completed. He said no time frame can be given because of to the legal situation with Ohio Farmers Insurance, the bonding company which took over for Savage Heavy Highway when they walked off the job in September 2011.

“We withheld money for work not being complete and they filed for mediation on the money we withheld, so that's really just getting started,” Mlakar said.

Charles Nagy of the Variance Committee reported that every item the committee could not resolve with property owners themselves will be added to the punch list.

Business Manager Stacy Hayes reported there are 789 permits with 200 Equivalent Dwelling Units outstanding. Mlakar recommended a list be compiled of those who have not yet connected with and without approved extensions so that letters can be sent to those who have not connected and do not have an extension.

“A formal notice will be sent out before formal legal action is taken,” he said.

In response to recent questions about duplexes, residents were reminded the first tap-in will be $1,500; the second tap-in will be $1,200.

“Single dwelling is a residence with one water service, one electrical service and an open archway between both sides, not an open doorway with hinges,” Nagy said.

Mlakar reported the authority has been notified by the federal Department of Agriculture that it will be conducting a “final sweep” of the accounts which held grant monies awarded for the sewage project.

“We have drawn down all that we can. The remaining funds will go back to the USDA,” he said.

He also reported the authority has been awarded tax exception from the county beginning in 2014 for 22.7 acres it acquired for the sewage project. Mt. Pleasant Township exonerated taxes on the property for 2013 and requests will be made of both the school district and the county for the same time period.

The board voted to file an amended declaration of taking for the property, which was originally part of the Malkin Condemnation due to a recent legal ruling that awarded part of the property to neighbor Ray Alincic.

The board voted to deny three change order requests by Port Vue Plumbing, the second time each request was made and denied on each count. The authority is currently being sued by the company over retaining held back by the authority for work done on the sewage project.

To avoid conflicts caused by Memorial Day, the board voted to move next month's meeting to May 21.

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.

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