NUANGOLA — Borough Council Chairman John Kochan said at Tuesday night’s meeting that the borough’s zoning ordinance will have to be rewritten sometime in 2014 because of the implementation of a municipal sewer system.
“Because we now have a pipeline and grinder pumps and not on-site systems, our ordinance is outdated and will have to be rewritten,” Kochan said. He said council will probably consider hiring an expert or a firm specializing in zoning regulations to execute a new plan.
As it stands, Nuangola’s system, which connects with treatment facilities of the Mountain Top Area Joint Sewer Authority, is scheduled to become fully operational by Nov. 8. When Kochan asked about the schedule, Ray Shirk, chairman of the Nuangola Sewer Authority, responded completion remains “on schedule,”
More information may be forthcoming on Monday when the sewer authority is scheduled to meet.
The impact on the project from the federal government shutdown may also be discussed on Monday.
Councilman Ted Vancosky, who is the treasurer for the authority, indicated funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture could be affected. Construction is being financed by a loan of more than $4 million from the USDA, and Vancosky said there has yet to be a remittance from the USDA on requisitions he submitted two weeks ago.
Shirk declined comment on this issue. He also asked Vancosky to withhold discussion pending Monday’s meeting.
Besides zoning, Kochan said the state of borough streets needs to be addressed.
“They’re a mess,” Kochan said. He added that a meeting between council members and the Wexcon Co. officials needs to be scheduled to develop a plan for street restoration.
Wexcon is the primary contractor for sewer work within the borough limits and is responsible, Kochan said, for fixing what “it has ripped up.”
In other discussion, council decided to foward 32 delinquent garbage fee accounts to Solicitor Jack Dean for action.
Kochan said the 2014 budget will be reviewed at the November meeting and presented for adoption in December.
Council is considering the purchase of a 2014 Chevrolet dump truck for the streets and roads department.