Unity wants to continue stormwater plan discussions
Unity supervisors hope to meet with officials in Latrobe, Derry Township and Youngstown to continue discussions regarding a state Department of Environmental Protection order regarding treatment of stormwater overflow.
Supervisors met with the Unity Township Municipal Authority board members Wednesday and discussed an administrative order issued by the DEP Oct. 2 because the entities could not agree on a stormwater management plan.
Latrobe Municipal Authority, the city of Latrobe and Derry Township Municipal Authority have voted to appeal the administrative order.
During an executive session, solicitor Gary Falatovich addressed about 10 residents gathered and said the boards discussed the possibility of repercussions if Unity Township and the Unity Municipal Authority try to comply with the order while the other entities do not and to determine their response to the order.
Supervisors at their October meeting requested Falatovich to reach out to the municipalities to discuss the administrative order.
Once the boards returned from executive session, they discussed the future of the plan.
Supervisor Mike O’Barto said he would like to continue to try to reach an agreement in order to curtail costs, which have totaled into hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal and engineering fees for all the entities involved.
“I’d just like to see this resolved so the meter stops running,” he said.
Unity Township Municipal Authority board member Tom Couch said a long-term solution for their shared system is necessary because each of the municipalities has been held to sewage tap-in allocations by the DEP.
“We’re trying to solve this issue once and for all, not just kicking the can down the road,” he said.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.