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Sewage issue not a township problem, resident advised

Published March 19. 2012 05:02PM

A Lower Towamensing Township woman must take her sewage complaint to the next level.

Resident Lisa Hofacker again appeared before the township's board of supervisors recently in search of a remedy to her sewage problem.

Hofacker said she has health problems as the result of the septic that has backed up because her neighbor has refused to have their septic pumped out.

"I've lived there for 12 years, and never had issues," Hofacker said. "I'm not going to stop complaining until the situation is resolved."

Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert told Hofacker each of the three supervisors have visited her property to review the matter, and added a review by the township's Sewage Enforcement Officer states the sewage isn't coming from the neighbor's basement.

"There's been $1,377 the township has spent, so I believe we've been giving you more than our due diligence," Walbert said. "I think this is more a civil issue than a township issue."

Township solicitor James Nanovic told Hofacker "if it's not a malfunctioning problem, it's not a township (matter)."

Hofacker said she had hoped the board could help her resolve the issue, but thanked them for their efforts.

"I will follow up with DEP and state Rep. Doyle Heffley," she said. "I do appreciate your help in the matter."

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