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Mt. Pleasant authority's claims list decreasing

| Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Vice Chairman Charles Naggy announced at the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Authority Board meeting this week that the list of claims resulting from the 3-year-old sewage project has dramatically decreased.

“We have approximately 19 claims on our list, and about 10 of them are ready to be processed,” Naggy said.

During the May board meeting, Chairman Jerome Yasher said the All Complaint Status Report contained 319 filed complaints.

Naggy said all but the 19 have been addressed. The board voted to have solicitor Les Mlakar send letters to claimants regarding signing off on approved claims for 10 of the 19 complaints.

“We still have about nine people we need more information on, then that will complete the entire complaint list,” Naggy said.

Resident Joe Tandarich of Windy Hill Drive spoke to the board about a landscaping and drainage issue at his home as a result of the sewage project.

“When it rains, it's just like opening a fire hydrant when it comes out of the pipe,” Tandarich said.

Naggy told Tandarich that he spoke with Mlakar, who was not in attendance at Tuesday's meeting, regarding the matter and that a work crew is scheduled to be there this week. He said the crew would regrade the property with a swell and place stone.

“Thanks for your patience. We're finally getting there,” Naggy said.

In other business, the authority received a letter from the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County alerting them to unusually high water usage at the treatment plant. Naggy said the letter indicated there could be an internal leak or even a stuck toilet valve. He said the issue will be addressed.

The next board meeting will be held Oct. 22.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.

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