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Higher Delmont sewage bills will help borough pay for grinder pump

Patrick Varine
| Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, 11:00 p.m.
Boy Scout Scott Armentrout has proposed to paint several items on the Shields Farm property in advance of the Apple ‘N Arts festival, including this peeling shed.
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Boy Scout Scott Armentrout has proposed to paint several items on the Shields Farm property in advance of the Apple ‘N Arts festival, including this peeling shed.
Armentrout proposed new wooden or plastic lettering for the faded 'Welcome to Delmont' sign on the amphitheater, above.
Submitted photo
Armentrout proposed new wooden or plastic lettering for the faded 'Welcome to Delmont' sign on the amphitheater, above.

Delmont residents will see an additional $2 per month on their sewer bills following council's passage of an ordinance last week.

The rate hike will help the borough repay a $100,000 loan used to replenish its general fund, money which was used to purchase a grinder pump for the Cramer pump station.

“We didn't have $100,000 just sitting around in the general fund for a grinder pump,” council President Andy Shissler said.

The loan — secured at just over 4 percent interest from S&T Bank — will be repaid over five years, through the roughly $1,000 in revenue generated by monthly sewage bills and the additional $2 charge approved last week.

Zoning ordinance update

Solicitor Dan Hewitt announced that over the next several months, the monthly planning commission meeting will serve as a series of workshop sessions for the borough's zoning ordinance update.

Council hired Pittsburgh-based Michael Baker International to serve as a consultant.

The goal is to update the ordinance, create a new zoning map and have both available in an electronic, modifiable format.

The commission meets on the first Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. at the Delmont Borough building, 77 Greensburg St.

Shields Farm project proposed

Aspiring Eagle Scout Scott Armentrout has proposed updating several buildings on the Shields Farm property in advance of this year's Apple 'n Arts festival as his Eagle project.

Armentrout proposed power-washing and repainting the amphitheater building, and replacing the faded “Welcome to Delmont” sign with either wooden or new plastic lettering.

He also proposed power-washing and repainting a shed and the service boxes on the property.

Armentrout estimated the cost at just over $800. He is seeking donations from businesses to help cover the cost.

Council members asked him to return in September to give them an update on funding, and said the borough could help if necessary.

Committee appointment

New councilman Dave Weber was appointed to the sewage and grants committee.

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