Trafford Council notes: Alcosan project could cause 38-percent increase for sewage bills
A regional project to reduce the amount of sewage being poured into waterways soon could cause a big increase in sewage bills for Trafford residents, borough engineer Don Glenn said last week.
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority last month presented a $2 billion plan for drastically reducing the amount of untreated sewage that spills into rivers and creeks – including Turtle Creek – during times storms.
The major issue with overflows involves municipalities that have combined lines directing wastewater and stormwater to a treatment plant. Trafford doesn’t contribute to that problem because its lines have been separate since the founding of the borough a century ago.
But Trafford residents who are served by the authority still would pay more for sewage. The authority is under a court order to correct the overflow problem, its governing board decided a $3.6-billion plan to eliminate all overflows during storms would cost customers too much.
If that pricier plan were implemented, the consumption fees Trafford collects for the authority could triple, Glenn said. Under the $2 billion plan, the consumption fees could double, he said.
A doubling of the consumption fee – now set at a minimum of $26.04 per quarter – would increase the current minimum sewage bill for Trafford residents by 38 percent.
The first public hearing on the authority’s $2-billion proposal is at 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, at the Sheraton Station Square, 300 West Station Square Drive in Pittsburgh. The hearing closest to Trafford will be at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 101 Mall Blvd. in Monroeville.
The plan is open for public comment until Oct. 19.
Sale of property
Members of Trafford Council are seeking at least $100,000 from a possible sale of the former borough police station and surrounding property.
The borough recently spent $2,220 for a new survey, deeds and other documents for the property at Fifth Street and Brinton Avenue. As it was previously recorded, the property included a portion of the municipal parking lot. Because officials do not want to sell the parking lot, they plan to subdivide the land and retain the parking area.
Council last week agreed to advertise the sale of the property for a minimum of $100,000 upon the borough planning commission’s approval of the subdivision.
Any sale of the building would not include a generator, which borough officials are seeking to sell separately for at least $7,500.
No paving project
Councilman Henry Schultz said the borough doesn’t have enough money for a street-paving project this year. Portions of Inwood Road, First Street and Fairmont Avenue were under consideration earlier this summer.
About $50,000 remains in the budget line item this year, but Public Works Foreman Bill Sadler has asked council to reserve $20,000 of that for rock salt. Council also spends $4,800 monthly from that line item for street-light service.
“We don’t have any money to do any big paving projects, whether it be 50 feet or 100 feet,” Schultz said.
Trafford Economic and Community Development Corp. will have a kickball-tournament fundraiser Sept. 22 at Jean Kolonay Fields at South Trafford Park. The rain date is Sept. 23.
The group is planning to have up to eight 10-person teams, with each team paying a $100 registration fee, Councilwoman Vicki Megon said. Each team must have a minimum of two women.
“This could end up being a very lucrative fundraiser for the TECDC,” Megon said.
See http://tecdcoftrafford.com for information.
Sewage bills will be due two weeks later than usual in September because a vendor was late in preparing the paper for the invoices.
The bills that were sent to customers on Aug. 15 will have a due date of Sept. 15 without any penalties. The quarterly bills usually are mailed on the first of a month.
Council scheduled a hearing for 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 for a request by Dom’s Pizzeria, 420 Cavitt Ave., to transfer a liquor license from a Monessen business.