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Morris authority considers lowering non-discharge rates
Friday, February 8, 2013
By Tyler Kolesar Staff Writer
MORRISDALE - Discussion on the possibility of lowering non-discharge rates for the Municipal Authority of the Township of Morris was a main topic at last night's Morris Township Supervisors meeting.
Supervisor John Saggese, who is also a MATTOM board member, told MATTOM Chairman Vic Couturiaux, who was in the audience, that he had been approached by a resident who is paying $21 each month even though the resident does not live there nor does the resident use the sewage. Saggese said he feels the non-discharge monthly rate, which has always been half of what the regular monthly rate is, is too expensive. For years the monthly rate had been $30. But due to rising costs with the Moshannon Valley Joint Sewer Authority, a $12 increase over the past two years was needed to cover operating costs.
Couturiaux said he doesn't disagree with Saggese about the rates being too high, but said there could be an issue with their insurance company with lowering those rates. Couturiaux also said if the home currently on the property is torn down, then they could gladly remove the sewer and stop the $21 monthly payment for that resident.
However, Couturiaux said should the person try selling the property, it would have to be advertised as not having sewer. They could also run the risk of not being able to hook back on should the MVJSA decide the township has too much water/sewage infiltration. Couturiaux said this is currently the case in Milesburg, as no new connections are being allowed. He also stated a reconnection fee costs somewhere over $300. Couturiaux then he agreed they should look further into the matter for their next MATTOM meeting.
In other news:
• Saggese said the supervisors met with the Clearfield County Commissioners about having a day twice a year for township residents to recycle electronics such as computers, televisions, etc. The venture would be a joint effort with Cooper Township, and Saggese said he would be contacting Graham Township to see if they're interested too. Chairman Mike Polachek said he thinks the best time for the two dates would be to have one in early spring and the other in late fall.
• a discussion was held on six trailers being placed on a property along Deer Creek Road without getting a permit from the township. Currently they are not inhabited and sewer is not hooked up. Polachek said they are having Code Enforcement Officer Zac Lawhead look into the matter.
• Saggese voiced his displeasure over the Keystone Collections Group taking over as the collector of earned income tax, which the township had no control in choosing the group.
• the next Neighborhood Watch meeting will take place March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Cooper Township building.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for March 7 at 7 p.m. at the township building.
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