Monroeville council voted unanimously at its September meeting to delay a vote on an ordinance that would establish a yearly fee for residents and business owners to fund repairs of its stormwater infrastructure.
The motion to table the ordinance came after lengthy and heated discussions about the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, or MS4, fee.
“The committee has proposed some changes to the ordinance that will ultimately benefit the residents and businesses alike,” said Councilman Ron Harvey, who also chairs a committee that has researched the issue since January.
Harvey did not specify what changes were proposed by the committee, which is made up of Harvey and Councilwoman Linda Gaydos, along with municipal manager Tim Little, Municipal Solicitor Bob Wratcher, Engineering Director Paul Hugus and Staff Engineer Jamie Storey.
The yearly fee would range from $120 for residents up to $223,000 for the Monroeville Mall. Nonprofit organizations and churches also would be assessed the fee.
The fee is based on a property’s “equivalent residential units,” or ERUs. One ERU is equivalent to 2,385 square feet. For more on the specifics of the proposed ordinance, visit bit.ly/2xfVjIW.
As it stands, the fee schedule would collect just over $3 million a year, which would then be channeled into the municipality’s Pollution Control and Flood Reduction Special Revenue Fund, Harvey said.
Residents and clergymen have expressed concern over the amount of the fee, arguing that it would put a strain on tight budgets. They also have said they are worried about what the municipality will do with the collected funds, claiming council has been vague in describing what projects could be planned.
At the meeting, Harvey offered a list of capital projects that would eventually occur, along with an estimated cost for each:
• Logans Ferry Road for $200,000.
• Lower Old Ramsey Road for $450,000
• Willow Edge Plan for $170,000
• Lower Rosecrest for $100,000
• Mosside Boulevard near Compunetix for $200,000
• Brookside Drive for $350,000
• Glendale Court for $200,000
• 1249 Harvest Drive for $20,000 and 1261 Harvest Drive for $20,000
• 300 Garden City Drive for $350,000
• Old William Penn Highway intersection at Beatty Road for $350,000
Harvey said the list is just some of the projects council has considered.
“We worked a long time and very hard to make sure the ERU was fair and allows us to fulfill our obligations to our permit and correct longtime needed repairs and updates to our stormwater management around our municipality,” he said.
Monroeville’s next council meeting is at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the municipal building, 2700 Monroeville Blvd.
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter @dillonswriting.