2010-12-09 / Front Page

Council Extends Life Of Sewerage Author ity

Adopts resolution to extend to Nov. 1, 2060
By Jean Snyder STAFF WRITER

McConnellsburg Borough Council members met with the Sewerage Authority plant manager, Craig Strait, and with attorney David Twaddell of Rhoads and Sinon at their regular meeting last Wednesday evening.

Twaddell explained that his firm is assisting the authority in setting up the financing package for the authority’s upgrade. In doing so, it became apparent that the authority had been incorporated by the borough in 1963 for a 50-year period. That incorporation, unless extended, would expire in 2013. Twaddell explained that financing could not be extended to the authority without some assurance that it would be in existence for the life of the loan, which is likely to be for 25 years. He suggested that council approve a new 50-year resolution to extend the life of the authority to November 2060.

Under the terms of the original incorporation, the borough then appointed members to the authority. Currently the borough appoints three members and Todd and Ayr townships each appoint one member.

Twaddell explained that the extension of the time does not in any way obligate the borough for any of the authority’s debt or responsibility with regard to the facility upgrade.

Following the presentation, council voted unanimously on a Rick Buterbaugh/Pat Booth motion to adopt the resolution extending the authority’s life until November 1, 2060.

Plant manager Strait answered questions about the upgrade, pointing out that the upgrade was mandatory due to new and stricter state and federal regulations.

When asked how the extensive upgrade project might affect current customer rates, he said that rates will likely go from the current $30 per month to $40 per month effective with the April 1, 2011, billing that would be for January, February and March. He also felt those rates would remain steady for at least five years.

Other business

During other business, council met with county planner Steve Thomas to discuss the three ordinances currently being written for the borough. They include stormwater flood plain, zoning and land-use ordinances. Council members continued discussion on how the new zoning ordinance would affect the historic overlay that currently exists within the borough. Council asked that the overlay be included in the new zoning ordinance.

Thomas said that when all ordinances have been completed, the planning office will bring all municipalities affected together for final discussion.

Council discussed some ways to fill vacancies in various positions within the borough. The borough was informed by the county election board that elected positions remain open for constable and tax assessor for the borough. Council asks that interested parties contact the borough secretary. Council also has a vacant position on the borough’s zoning board. Currently D.A. “Andy” Washabaugh and Gene Headley serve on the board, but council is seeking to fill a third and vacant position.

Council also approved a request from the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism for the downtown parking meters to be bagged for the shopping season.

Council also discussed possible drainage problems with the drains recently constructed on the county’s Walnut Avenue project and agreed to address the issue with the county.

Regular business

During regular business, council approved payment of November bills in the amount of $9,187.85. Receipts for the same period were $8,893.37. Checks were written for $12, 852.60, leaving a December 1 balance of $44,258.46.

Council members present for the meeting included Travis Bard, David Washabaugh, Pat Booth, Mack Shaffer, Pat Frazier, Rick Buterbaugh and Mayor Mike Chilcote.

Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Fulton House at 7:30 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for January 5, 2011.

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