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Sewage rates to rise in portion of East Huntingdon

| Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

East Huntingdon Township residents whose sewage is treated in the Westmoreland Fayette Municipal Sewage Authority plant will soon see an increase in sewage rates.

East Huntingdon Township supervisors last week passed a resolution that will raise sewage rates being charged to customers billed under the Porter Avenue and West Pittsburgh Street sewage account.

Supervisors said that after looking into the issue, they found they were losing $2,000 to $3,000 per quarter because of fees the township is required to pay to both Scottdale and the WFMSA.

Customers with a five-eighths-inch meter will see an increase from $26 to $39 per quarter for the first 7,000 gallons. Those with a half-inch meter will see an increase from $42.50 to $54 per quarter for the first 7,000 gallons.

There will be an increase from $68 to $69 for the first 14,000 gallons for customers with a 1-inch meter and an increase from $180 to $190 for the first 35,000 gallons for customers with a 2-inch meter.

All meter sizes will then be increased from $1.25 to $2 per thousand for the gallons up to 74,000 and from 75 cents to $1 per thousand gallons up to 675,000 gallons.

In addition, each customer, including well customers, will be charged a flat rate of $14 per quarter, $2 per quarter for a service fee paid directly to WFMSA and $12 per quarter for a fee paid directly to Scottdale.

Supervisors also passed a motion to allow the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County to bill customers and collect money for township sewage accounts.

In other business, supervisors passed a balanced $5 million tentative 2011 budget. There is no proposed millage increase. The current millage rate is 2.25 mills.

Supervisors also approved a resolution for a plan revision for Greenridge Reclamation to extend a sewer line for force main leachate discharge to the Hempfield Township Municipal Authority plant located in Hunker.

Supervisors also approved a resolution for a Right of First Refusal Agreement for the purchase of pipeline with Greenridge Reclamation.

Supervisor Howard Keefer said the agreement will give the township first chance to purchase the lines if the landfill ever decides to abandon them.

 

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