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East Deer to dye test 37 homes

| Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004

EAST DEER -- Officials have identified 37 homes along Days Run and Bailies Run roads that will have their sewer systems dye tested.

The move is being done to try to prevent future flooding.

Commissioner Tony Taliani said the township will begin the program soon, and officials hope to have the testing in that area done before the end of the year.

The 37 homes were identified because downspouts that can be seen are going into the ground, and possibly may be connected to the sanitary sewer system.

Officials eventually will do the testing across the entire township, but homes along Days and Bailies runs were identified because that's where most of this year's flooding occurred.

It will cost the township about $70 to test each home.

If it's found that homeowners are in violation, they will be notified and have 30 days to let officials know how they intend to fix the problem.

Officials agreed that it would be hard to force people to do the work at this time of the year.

"We're not talking 30 days to get the work done," Taliani said.

Township Solicitor Terry Van Horne said there's no provision in the borough code stating how long people have to fix such problems, but agrees that 30 days is a reasonable amount of time to at least have people respond.

Letters have been sent to the residents advising them that the testing will take place.

In other action

  • Commissioners are hoping to recoup money spent for cleanup after the Sept. 17 floods.

    Taliani said the township has applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for money spent for debris removal, about $13,000, and emergency services, almost $7,800, which includes paying police and money spent for materials used to barricade floodwater.

    Officials also have applied for help on 11 small projects, ranging from fixing retainer walls to replacing sewer pipes. Taliani said he's not sure how much that will be returned because not all of the projects have been evaluated for cost.

    He said FEMA officials told him it usually takes about two months to receive notice, but since there was so much damage across the country, the agency has been swamped and it could take longer.

  • Commissioners voted to switch back to Tarentum Dispatch for police and fire calls. They had been using Harrison Dispatch for the past five years, but the contract is set to expire at the end of the year.

    Tarentum has offered the township a 5-year deal where East Deer would pay $18,205 the first year, $18,540 the second year, $19,281 the third year, $20,052 the fourth year, and $20,854 the fifth year.

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