NUANGOLA — According to comments at Monday’s sewer authority meeting, the Rice Elementary School in Rice Township could become the first client of the Nuangola sewer system to go on line.
Rich Kresge of the Quad3 Group said the school is hooked up and it is just a matter of getting approval from the officials involved to begin having waste flow into the treatment facilities of the Mountain Top Area Joint Sewer Authority.
Kresge, project engineer, said that overall Phase 1 of the Nuangola project has met its Sept. 15-completion goal. Besides the school, Nuangola residents can also begin the connection process, which consists of installing a 3-inch PVC line and connecting an electrical service line from a residence to a grinder pump.
Kresge said installation and testing at Rice Elementary have been successful, so the school is ready to be the first unit in the borough’s $9 million project to become operational. Overall, Kresge said, 231 grinder pumps have been tested successfully.
The sanitary system was also a topic of discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting. Chairman John Kochan said procedures will be formulated to create the fewest hardships in closing on-site systems.
“The systems have to be closed,” he said. “Septic tanks can be crushed, filled with dirt or sand or whatever. … We just don’t want it to be a major hardship.”
Kochan said council will conduct further discussions on deactivating on-site systems.
The issue of a connection being a financial burden also came before council and Councilman Joe Tucker responded council has a guarantee from the sewer authority that hardship cases will be reviewed on an individual basis before any legal action is instituted.
In other matters that came before council and the authority:
• Councilwoman Regina Plodwick alleged the Sunshine Law was violated when council met in executive session to discuss extending relief on residential fees associated with borough-mandated septic system pumping.
• Councilman Ron Kaiser called for additional stop signs and 25 mph signs on Nuangola Avenue, but he was told imposing additional regulations are the responsibility of PennDOT.
• Tucker reported borough streets are in “bad condition” because of the sewer system installation and he called for a meeting involving council, the sewer authority and the contractors to develop a plan to rectify the situation.
• It was announced the budget and finance committee will present a preliminary 2014 budget at the Oct. 8 meeting.
• Council stated letters of interest are still being accepted from individuals willing to fill the seat of Dan Pekar, who resigned in July, on the sewer authority.
• Kochan said a review of recent decisions by the zoning hearing board will be initiated by council following complaints that some decisions have been termed unfair and unreasonable. Included in comment about the board, was a complaint registered by Councilman Michael Johnson about stipulations set down by zoning board members for a project he is undertaking at his residence.