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Sewer authority criticized

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 10:13 a.m.

North Huntingdon Township commissioners are tired of what they view as inaction by the sewer authority.

At Thursday's workshop, commissioners complained that development is being stifled. The state Department of Environmental Protection has limited connections to the North Huntingdon Township Municipal Authority until it increases sewer capacity and eliminates overflows during major storms.

'The message needs to be sent upstairs that we'd like some better answers than 'We're working on it,'' Commission President Thomas Kerber Sr. said.

Developer Bob Shuster currently holds only 40 of the 56 sewer permits needed for the first phase of the new Knights Landing development, Kerber said.

'Once we're done with these 40, we're done,' he said, telling planning commission member Robert Dezorzi, 'you guys might as well take a long vacation.'

Ward 5 Commissioner Robert Merda said the problem is larger than Shuster's new plan. 'This affects the community as a whole,' he said.

About 5,000 homes south of Brush Creek are served by the North Huntingdon authority. At the authority's meeting last week, officials said the DEP is expected to approve construction of a 3-million-gallon retention tank soon.

The tank is part of a $10 million expansion program by the sewer authority. It will take up to two years to complete the program, officials have said.

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