Plodwick and Carolyn Lauer –has brought collected fees beyond $49,000 as of July. She said their game plan is to send second refuse bills out to those who still have not responded accompanied by a letter stating that failure to respond will result in the matter being sent to the magistrate’s office by Solicitor Jack Dean.
Potential legal issues were also raised in a discussion on the status of the community sewer project. Although construction concluded long ago, tying up the loose ends on the $9 million construction seems no closer than they were when the heavy equipment rolled out of town.
Johnson, council liaison and sewer authority member, noted that there are still ”10 or 11 cases of non-payment of tap-in fees or nonpayment of treatment costs.” These properties have been the subject of “default judgements,” he said adding that the ultimate penalty for failing to comply is the property being placed for sheriff sale. In addition, “12 or 13 complaints will be filed with the magistrate’s office,” for not hooking up at all.
While Johnson was looking for the community to comply with the sewer regulations, Tucker took great exception to the lack of response from sewer contractor Wexcon for unresolved issues regarding damage to some borough roads.
Citing a complaint against the contractor’s bond, Tucker reported that there are 2 areas of immediate concern to him as Roadmaster: one is a section of North End Road partially stabilized under an emergency repair earlier this year.
A second site is a corner on the heavily traveled Lake Avenue. He described the problem as an “undermining” of the borough road resulting in the creation of a large “void” below the pavement approximately 4 feet deep and directly adjacent to a sewer main.
With Atty. Dean advising that emergency repairs may be made, Tucker demurred. “We are not touching that. If we tried to repair the road and damaged the sewer-line we would be liable for the repairs.”
Tucker reminded with some heat, “We had a very successful meeting 2 months ago and we haven’t heard anything since.”
And in conclusion, council will hold the annual clean-up day on Saturday August 13 from 9 am to 2 pm. The program is open to borough residents to dispose of household materials. Prohibited items include ashes, tree logs, stumps, construction materials such as plywood, roofing supplies, combustible items, batteries, auto parts and electronics.