Sewage project billing begins April 1
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.
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