Mt. Pleasant municipal authority to take action against tap-in violators
By Linda Harkcom
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 12:46 a.m.
Mt. Pleasant Township Municipal Authority is moving forward in taking action against those in the area of the new sewage system that have not hooked into the system but are required to do so.
Solicitor Les Mlakar told the board there are 28 violators who have not paid the required tap-in fee and have not connected.
“I will be setting up the first hearing for December, and I am going to try to schedule them all on the same day,” Mlakar said. “These people we are going after will have to pay the $2,200 connection fee plus penalties. The fine can be $1,000 a day.”
He told the board that there are also those who have paid the tap-in fee but have failed to connect to the system.
“Eventually, we will have to go after them because they are still polluting,” he said. Resident Tom McCormick of Shamrock Way told the board that his driveway, which was reconstructed due to the installation of the new sewage system, has resulted in problems with his waterline.
“My driveway is not on center anymore and my waterline is now under the driveway,” McCormick said.
He told the board he was alerted to the problem last December when a leak in the waterline increased his water bill by 10,000 gallons over a 12-day period.
McCormick claims that because of the way the property was restored, the leaking water did not surface so he was unaware of the leak until he received a notice from the water company.
He informed the board he has submitted five complaints on the issue. He also stated that he had to replace the line in the spring and he has documented everything with videos and photos that the board is welcome to see.
“I personally went over the complaint list, but a lot of the contractors have said a complaint was taken care of, and we are finding not all have been taken care of to the satisfaction of the homeowner,” Vice Chairman Charles Naggy said.
After an executive session, Mlakar said the board decided to investigate the McCormick situation with the township supervisors and in the authority's records.
Also during the executive session the board discussed a condemnation settlement with William and Mary Jane Sillaman for $6,750 plus $4,000 in attorney fees. Mlakar said the couple will waive all damages.
The third item discussed in executive session was allowing Mlakar to explore a lease with Nathan Poole, who will farm and maintain the grounds outside the fenced area around the sewage plant along Brinkerton Road.
“It will maintain the farm look that has been there all these years, that way the property will stay nice,” Naggy said.
In other business, Mlakar told the board that Mt. Pleasant Area School Board has approved the right-of-way for the Novotny property.
The authority's next meeting will be held Nov. 19 because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.
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