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Sewage woes heard in S. Hill

Published July 12. 2011 05:01PM

Two Summit Hill residents, living in two different parts of the town, told the borough council last night that sewage is periodically backing up into their basements.

John Evans of Walter Street said he has had the problem occur on about four different occasions.

Debbie Ziegler of East Amidon Street said her problem has been happening since about February.

The council has been working on addressing Ziegler's problem, but so far hasn't been able to find the cause of the back-up.

Evans said on his street, there are other neighbors in a similar situation.

"That definitely needs to be addressed," said council President Joe Weber. "In eight or nine years on council, we had maybe two complaints (of such sewage problems). Now we've had several in the past few weeks."

He added, "Nobody wants anything to back up in their house. That should never happen."

"I'm not sure of the plan of attack," he admitted.

Evans said he has had plumbers at his home who have told him the problem is within the borough's main.

His wife, who also was at the meeting, said they have already spent over $1,000 trying to resolve the problem and cleaning up the mess left behind.

She also stated that they were informed low water pressure might be a contributing factor.

Councilman Michael Alabovitz said possibly low water volume, and not low water pressure, could be a problem. He stressed, though, that he isn't speculating on the cause.

Weber said the borough will ask neighboring Lansford borough to bring special cameras to Summit Hill to inspect for possible broken pipes.

He said the cameras already were utilized in trying to resolve the problem at the Ziegler residence, but so far the cause of that situation is proving elusive.

Regarding the Amidon Street problem, Weber said the cameras don't indicate any problems in the sewer main.

"Plumbers are telling me a collapsed pipe is in the road," Ziegler said.

She asked the council, "Where do I get an answer from?"

She continued, "Something has to be resolved. It's backing up in the basement. I have a major problem."

Attorney Joseph Matika, the borough solicitor, said residents are responsible for lateral to the point of connection with the main. If it's a problem with the lateral, it will be Ziegler's responsibility to replace it and have the street repaired.

Ziegler said she may hire an attorney, telling the council, "It's ridiculous that it would be my responsibility to dig up the road."

"Tell me what the next recourse is," Ziegler remarked.

Attorney Matika said an effort will be made to have Ziegler's plumber meet with the borough engineer and discuss the matter.

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