Cumberland Township receives request for money from water authority

January 7, 2013

CARMICHAELS – Cumberland Township supervisors received a request from the Carmichaels Municipal Authority Monday for money from the township’s drilling impact fee revenue to make improvement to the authority’s water treatment system.

The authority requested $500,000 from the township’s allocation of Act 13 money to make improvements to its water distribution and storage systems and modifications to the authority’s treatment plant.

The improvements will help the authority reduce disinfectant by-products that have increased with the escalated levels of bromide in the river, attributed to Marcellus Shale drilling, said a letter from the authority’s engineering firm, KLH Engineers.

The authority has had problems with one by-product, trihalomethane, which forms when chlorine, used as a disinfectant, combines with bromides and organic matter in raw river water.

The authority was out of compliance last year with federal safe drinking water standards for trihalomethane; however, this year, the problem has not reoccurred.

The authority is now developing a plan to address the problem permanently.

Supervisor William Groves said the request was substantial but the authority would have its engineer speak to the authority’s engineer about the proposal.

He noted the supervisors have already earmarked the first allocation of Act 13 money. The township’s first allocation was for $1,039,586. The supervisors were told to expect another check in June, though the amount is unknown.

The Act 13 impact fee money is to be used to address issues townships face as a result of drilling activity.

In other business, the supervisors reorganized, re-electing William Groves chairman, William Nicholson vice chairman and Debra Rush secretary treasurer.

All three supervisors, Groves, Nicholson and James Sokol, were appointed road masters.

The supervisors voted to grant full-time township employees raises of 50 cents an hour. Full-time police received raises of $1.50 an hour and part-time officers, raises of $1 an hour.

The supervisors agreed to retain Dennis Makel as township solicitor at $100 an hour and $200 for his attendance at meetings.

K-2 Engineering was appointed township engineer on an as-needed basis, and Community Bank was named the township depository. Keystone Collections Group was appointed collector of the township’s earned income, per capita and municipal service taxes.

The supervisors agreed to continue to meet the first Monday at 3 p.m. January through April and October through December. They will meet at 4 p.m. May through September to accommodate their summer work schedule.

If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, the supervisors will meet the second Monday of the month.

The following were re-appointed to township boards: Bill Harr, planning commission; Ken Ganocy, parks and recreation board; Greg Andrews, Joe Sokol, Jerry Simkovic and Vincent Colarusso, zoning hearing board.

The supervisors also purchased a tractor and mower through the state bidding list for $88,172, an amount reduced to $77,172 because of a trade-in.

Bob Niedbala worked as a general assignment reporter for the newspaper for 27 years in the Greene County bureau. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh.

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