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Mt. Pleasant customers to see sewage bills increase

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Customers with the Mt. Pleasant Borough Municipal Authority will get a $15 increase per quarter on their sewage bills as early as the next billing cycle.

The increase reportedly is needed because of emergency repairs to a biotower at the wastewater treatment plant that cost more than $400,000.

Mt. Pleasant Council on Monday agreed to borrow the money for the repair rather than use money from the borough's general fund.

Members agreed the increase should be put in a separate line item for capital improvements and repairs.

Borough Manager Jeff Landy said it's a legitimate concern that the same repair to the second biotower might be an issue in the future, as well as several other repairs to pumps and other equipment at the plant.

“Project upgrades to the plant that we're looking at could come to $3 million in the next years,” he said.

In other business:

• Motions passed to accept the retirement resignation of street department worker Dan Dean and to advertise and accept applications for a full-time street department employee.

• Council is looking to hire a wastewater treatment employee because of the resignation of former Supervisor Norm Stout.

• Councilwoman Cynthia Stevenson questioned whether now might be a good time to start discussion on combining the wastewater treatment and street departments into one public works department.

The difficulty with combining the two entities is that the street department is unionized and the wastewater treatment department is not. Some individuals have questioned the need to pay wages for two different foremen or supervisors.

• Council passed a motion to charge residents a $100 fee to have their water turned back on if it was turned off due to lack of payment. Landy said the water company is actually charging the borough that fee, so they are passing it on.

• Motions were approved to authorize a paving project for the borough's portion of Woodfield Drive at a cost of $15,900; for Medic 10 to hire Whitney Urie, Eric Bell, Thomas Daily Jr. and Megan Grimm as needed; and to advertise the sale of property at 524 W. Main St.

• A pep rally is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the gazebo for the Mt. Pleasant Little League team that is moving on to compete in state competition and for a Mt. Pleasant girls softball team that recently had success on a national level.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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