First Posted: 8/13/2013
NUANGOLA — Borough council acted Tuesday night to withdraw legal complaints against 19 residents who were regarded as being delinquent on their borough-mandated sewage system pumping fees.
Council President John Kochan said the decision was actually made at an executive session conducted on Monday, but a final decision couldn’t be rendered until council conducted a public meeting.
Prior to the withdrawal action, these residents faced fines of up to $300. Complaints filed before District Judge Ronald Swank of Mountain Top will be rescinded, Kochan said.
Also, in advance of the implementation of the municipal sewer system, it was decided the borough will absorb the cost of $22 plus travel expenses for sewage enforcement officer William Bilby to inspect residents’ connection to the new system.
Bilby’s appointment as the official inspector was confirmed unanimously by council. He also will oversee the process of closing individual on-site septic tanks, sumps, sand mounds and holding tanks.
Under regulations adopted by the borough’s sewer authority, all on-site sanitary facilities will be rendered inoperable once the connection to the new sewer line has been completed. At this point, based upon comments at Monday’s sewer authority meeting, Sept. 15 is the target date for construction on the municipal system to conclude.
In other matters:
– Council approved a proposal by Councilman Joseph Tucker to purchase 80 tons of salt and 2 tons of anti-skid material.
– On Tucker’s suggestion, council decided to consider buying a new dump truck to replace one that 13 years old.
– Council accepted plans submitted by surveyor Randy Howard for a sub-division of 215 acres off North End Road owned by Earth Conservancy. The planning commission recommended that the plans be approved.
– It was stated that the recent decertification of the neighboring Rice Twp. Fire Co. will have no adverse affect on the borough. Frank Suchoski, assistant fire chief, said the borough still has mutual assistance agreements with eight other companies.
– Councilman Ron Kaiser said a special recycling collection has been scheduled on Aug. 24.