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Mt. Pleasant Township Municipal Authority vows action against delinquent customers

| Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Mt. Pleasant Township Municipal Authority will take action against those who have not paid tap-in fees and monthly bills.

The board voted this week to authorize Solicitor Les Mlakar to file legal action against all residents who have not yet paid their tap-in fee. Mlakar said the authority will seek a penalty of $1,000 a day from the final date the tap-in fee was due.

The board also voted to have Mlakar file civil suits against all sewage customers who are over 61 days delinquent in paying their sewage bills, regardless if they have connected to the system or not.

Resident Ron Mizikar of Ash Lane spoke with the board regarding his private drive not being repaired properly.

“It had an original base of field stone and brick with a good 4 inches of gravel on top,” Mizikar said. “They only put 2 inches of gravel down, and that does not make a base. One place it is down to the coke ash already. In the springtime, it is a washboard. You can't drive through there at all.”

After much discussion, the board decided Mlakar would send them a preconstruction photo, and a few board members will go look at the road with photo in hand to determine if anything further should be done to the road.

Board member Charles Naggy asked if a package was available to give to new businesses when they build in the area. Naggy said with a new Subway restaurant being planned at the corner of Mt. Pleasant Road and East Laurel Circle, the authority should be prepared to provide that business and others in the future with details on how to connect to the system.

Engineer Dan Schmitt said he can create a developers flow chart for the authority to give out in such instances.

In other business, the board:

• Voted to pay off a $222,792.10 loan to First Commonwealth Bank by taking money from the Tap Fee Account and the Sewage Revenue Account.

• Agreed to reimburse Hilary and Sue Hoffer $1,500 for the difference of the installation of a 109.5-foot lateral line. The board voted last month to make a reimbursement to the couple due to a discrepancy in the distance from the couple's residence to the sewage line.

• Hired Kathy Cacci as a consultant. Mlakar said Cacci will work in the office no more than 16 hours per week on an as-needed basis. Her position will be reevaluated at the next monthly meeting and adjusted as needed.

• Added an unnamed backhoe operator to a list they can call upon to hire on an as-needed basis, providing the contractor can provide proof of the appropriate insurances.

• Approved a liability insurance package from Higbee Insurance.

• Announced it will attend mediation with the bonding company on Aug. 20 to resolve outstanding payment issues.

• Announced the next meeting will be held Aug. 27.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.

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