Uniontown to seek $89,000 from school district
Uniontown City Council on Wednesday directed its solicitor, J.W. Eddy, to find out why the Uniontown School District has not paid $89,000 in sewage tap-in fees owed for its $50 million construction/renovation project.
“The Uniontown school board owes us $89,000 for sewerage tap-in fees at the high school and Lafayette School,” said Councilman Blair Jones. “We pay our bills. I don’t understand why the school district isn’t paying its bills.”
Eddy asked council members what kind of action they wanted him to take to resolve the issue. He suggested that the city could place a municipal lien on the school district for the money or he could contact the school district’s solicitor, Michael Brungo, to try to resolve the issue.
“That’s almost $90,000 that the school district owes us. We shouldn’t just forget about it,” Jones said. “We’ve also had trouble with the school district about the Dumpsters they have had during the construction. We’ve got to do something up there.”
Mayor Ed Fike said he recently met with school district officials about the sewage tap-in fees, and they indicated they were aware that the district owed the city money.
Council members said they are hoping solicitors for the city and the school district can meet in an effort to reach an agreement about the tap-in fees.
In other business, Fike commended Mark Yauger, executive director of the Uniontown Redevelopment Authority, for the work he has done on Maple Street in the Gallatin Avenue area, where 10 new 1,800-square-foot homes will be built.
“We built 30 homes in the city of Uniontown in 2009,” Fike said. “These are homes that people can physically buy. The city is moving forward at a great pace thanks to all of the people involved in the project.”
Yauger said he isn’t the only one in the city who is responsible for making the project a success.
“The people in the city should be very proud of the progress that we have been making,” Yauger said. “We’re had a lot of support from the mayor and the city’s street department. Everyone who is working for the city is committed to making it better. It’s just great to be a part of it. It’s a team effort.”
Yauger said Uniontown was one of two cities in the state selected to receive grant funding to build homes. The first grant for $1.8 million was awarded, followed by $600,000 in additional funding.
“Masontown Borough is also building homes with the $600,000 grant,” Fike said. “When Masontown completes a home and sells it, that money will come back to Uniontown, so we can build additional homes. It’s stimulus money that we were awarded.”
Fike said city officials are also very pleased about the construction of 36 senior citizens’ units on Gallatin Avenue, where the American Legion was previously located. He estimated the cost of the project at $7.5 million.
“We’re taking the land and turning it into a tax base,” he said. “It’s very good to see some progress in Uniontown.”