Export officials want sewer authority to pay to use borough water lines |

Export officials want sewer authority to pay to use borough water lines

Export officials say they want the borough to be compensated for water that the local sanitary authority moves through its lines.

Council members last week unanimously agreed to notify the Franklin Township Municipal Sewer Authority, or FTMSA, that they want the authority to stop using Export’s water lines until the borough is compensated for what already has been moved through.

Councilman John Nagoda said Export should be receiving a fee for what has been transported.

“Can we demand that?” Nagoda asked.

Solicitor Wes Long said borough officials can’t demand that the FTMSA stop the practice.

“They have a right to move water through that line, and we have a right to be paid for it,” he said.

The borough and authority have had a longstanding transmission compensation agreement, Long said.

Export is unique among FTMSA clients in that the borough owns its transmission lines.

The dispute is the latest disagreement between borough and authority officials. In 2010, the authority filed a civil lawsuit against the borough that accused it of allowing more than 100 properties to continue having defective sewer connections that need repairs.

In 2013, Export Council refused to pay a $3-per-account fee levied on all of the authority’s customers that was designated to pay for long-term repairs and also disputed the cause of multiple sewage-line backups that required more than $4,000 in repairs.

FTMSA officials did not respond to requests for comment.

Italy Road buyback

Borough officials continue to explore the possibility of buying back Italy Road from the state. Long said that if the borough does take responsibility for it, officials should ensure that they wouldn’t have to foot the bill if the road becomes part of a compliance dispute regarding the size of sidewalks.

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