Can't afford project
The article “Costly bids may threaten project” (Nov. 2) stated that the lowest bid for East Vandergrift's sewage-separation project was $147,000 more than the funds available. This would have left council scrambling to find the extra money needed, so now the project will be rebid.
At the September council meeting, I presented a petition signed by 90 of our 300-plus residents stating that our little town could not afford the increase in the proposed sewage recovery fee. It would hike our monthly bill from $11 to $46, a 300-percent increase.
Many of our residents just can't afford this. The petition stated council should try to find more grant money to pay for the project so our residents won't bear such a burden.
When I presented this petition, council President James Staczak looked at it for a few seconds, then turned it upside down on his desk and it was never mentioned again.
You would think it would have gotten them scrambling to find more money in grants to help, but nothing was done.
Daniel T. Serena
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