Scottdale approves sewage agreement
Scottdale Borough Council adopted a resolution this week accepting the latest version of the intermunicipal agreement that was revised by Everson and Scottdale borough solicitors last month.
Marie Hartman with Widmer Engineering, the firm involved with the Westmoreland Fayette Municipal Sewage Authority, told representatives from East Huntingdon and Upper Tyrone townships and Everson and Scottdale boroughs several weeks ago that if they did not approve an agreement by December, the authority would lose nearly $14 million in funding to build a treatment plant.
Before a vote could be taken, however, Councilman Jack Davis had several questions on the agreement for borough solicitor Jerry Yanity, including a part that would make the borough completely responsible for the maintenance of lines for the five or so years before the authority takes them over.
While there were a few other questions, Davis' main concern was when Upper Tyrone would begin paying its share of the debt service.
Davis also said he was upset that he had received an e-mail with the most recent agreement just 12 days before Monday night's meeting.
Borough Manager Angelo Pallone said he was looking at the big picture.
"If we don't take the low interest rate loan (the one secured by the WFMSA), what's our option• If we have to get a public loan with a higher interest rate, the costs can be exorbitant," he said.
Pallone added that an extra 2 percent interest rate on $14 million would cost an extra $280,000 in the first year alone.
Councilman Bud Santimyer said he has yet to see any legal agreement he's completely happy with, but he believes the most recent agreement is a fair one.
"I think it's good for Scottdale and the neighboring communities and by participating in this, it will help a wider area of people," he said. "I just think it's time to agree to this and move on."
Council members Santimyer, Troy Soberdash, Tom Ermine, Joan Brown, June Ostrosky and Andy Pinskey voted in favor of the motion; Davis voted no. Councilman Bryce King did not attend the meeting.