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Summit Hill schedules meeting to discuss adding sewage fee

Published June 12. 2012 05:01PM

A special meeting has been scheduled by Summit Hill Borough Council to discuss the possibility of adding an annual sewage fee to residents' bills.

The fee would be used to establish a fund for replacing worn lines in the 100-year-old central sewage system.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, in the Municipal Building.

The council set the meeting last night at the request of councilman Jesse Walck. The possibility of adding a sewage facility fee was discussed informally at last month's meeting.

At last night's council meeting, there also was some dialogue about attempting to mandate that residents no longer can have storm water that collects in basements be dumped into the sewage system. Council President Michael Kokinda said people with sump pumps should be pumping the water into storm drains.

As for water going from basements to the sewers, Kokinda said, "This is a big part of our problem - over 50 percent of our problem."

He added, "Our biggest sewer issue is people getting water into basements and getting it into the sanitary system."

Council members indicated they're not sure what measures they're going to take regarding alleviating this situation.

Walck indicated he is interested in seeing a fund established to replace aged sewer lines.

He said sewage system replacement projects are very expensive.

"If you don't prepare for it, it's going to cost so much more," he said.

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