Restoration, sewage connections on authority's list
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Westmoreland County municipalities push to clean up litter, dumps
- ‘Doc Hope’ eases into retirement from West Newton veterinary clinic
- Traveling amateur organists entertain fellow seniors with oldies music
- Spirit Airlines lifts fortunes of Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
- Route 217 bridge work about to start in Derry Borough
- Hempfield man dies in single-vehicle accident
- 2 Hempfield Area students charged with sexting
- Murrysville woman apologizes for scholarship fund theft
- Land costs for New Stanton turnpike interchange project reach $4.2M
- Donors’ generosity allows Clairview School girls to get fancy for prom
- 2 charged with copper theft from Greensburg house