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Sewage project billing begins April 1

| Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003

DUNBAR - Residents affected by the Dunbar Township Municipal Authority sewage project will receive bills for their first month of service on April 1, whether or not they have connected to the system.

Richard Widmer, vice president of Widmer Engineering, which designed the project, explained at Monday's authority meeting that the billing must begin in April because the authority has loans it must start repaying in May. He said that the bad weather may make it difficult for some residents to connect with the system, but that a few have already done so and two inspectors are available to approve the connections.

Widmer said that the authority will need more inspectors as more residents connect to the system. Interested people may call the office at 724-626-1941.

Project manager Don Reho reported that 40 or 50 homes are currently tied in and the new plant is functioning well. Reho said that the Rural Utility Service must approve switching over the current Georgetown Manor sewage system to the new plant, which should take place by the end of March. About 90 households are currently served by the old Georgetown Manor plant.

Widmer congratulated the board on bringing the $8.5 million project in under budget, with enough money left to pick up some additional customers. "It's a credit to this board that they've been able to do that."

John Malone, board president, said, "One of the things we've tried to do here was provide sewage and clean up the environment in Dunbar Township."

Widmer said that Dunbar Township has been under state and federal mandates to provide public sewage. He added that some residents who have trouble affording the tap-in and connection fees should contact Fayette County Community Action or the Fayette County Redevelopment Authority for help filling out applications for grants and low-interest loans.

In other business:

  • Widmer reported that 29 Deerfield Lane and Frick Lane residents will be added to the project. Sufficient money remained from the project to add them. Widmer said that sufficient money probably was not available for Bell Drive and Hickory Lane.

  • The board approved solicitor Don McCue's request for $150 per month for meeting attendance and ordinary business and $100 per hour for special work.

  • Widmer said that any property pins that have been removed will be replaced by contractors when the weather improves.

  • David Griffin requested the board reconsider its requirement that 110-112 Patton St., Trotter, be considered a duplex. He said that the residence has an internal door between the halves and his family has always occupied the home as a single dwelling. He said that the house is taxed as a single dwelling. Board member Joe Kristobak and solicitor Don McCue will look into the situation.

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