WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township attorney Bruce Phillips discussed a draft proposal on Monday outlining an agreement with Hanover Township for the usage of its sewer lines to accommodate planned commercial expansion in Wilkes-Barre Township.
Several national hotel and restaurant chains have approved plans for expansion in Wilkes-Barre Township near the Mohegan Sun Arena and the Wyoming Valley Mall and are anxiously awaiting the council’s approval of the agreement so they can move forward with their projects. Phillips said the current proposal calls for Wilkes-Barre Township to pay Hanover Township an initial fee of $100,000 payable over five years to actualize the agreement.
“We’d be obligated to pay another $30,000 per year to cover our share of future maintenance costs,” Phillips said. “However, they would have to get our approval for any construction project over $25,000 for the particular lines we’d be using.”
Phillips said the maintenance fee would not be payable until Jan. 1, 2014.
Council agreed to schedule a meeting on May 20 at 7 p.m. to vote on final passage of the ordinance entering into the sewer sharing agreement.