BCIMA discusses possible sewer line extension project|
Friday, February 22, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
IRVONA - The Beccaria Township Supervisors were at the Beccaria-Coalport-Irvona Municipal Authority meeting at the plant in Irvona last night to continue the discussion of possibly getting a sewage line extended to Utahville.
The discussion started about two years ago and has hit a roadblock pertaining to financing the study, which could cost $28,000, worst case, according to Tim Cooper, president of Stiffler McGraw Engineering and the BCIMA engineer.
The supervisors and Ron Lightner, BCIMA vice chairman, visited the Clearfield County Commissioners and asked for help with the study. Randy Blake, chairman of the supervisors, stated that the commissioners said if the supervisors use Marcellus shale money to pay for the study, when the supervisors do the paving they plan to do, the supervisors will help out with liquid fuels money.
Lightner would like to see the study get started and so would the supervisors. The boards will continue to discuss the project.
The board heard from two men representing Link Computer of Bellwood. Office Manager Shelly Hansel said her current billing program is nearly 11 years old and would cost $10,000 for an update and there have been problems with it. Link gave BCIMA a price and said that price would only go up 2 percent a year for a cost of living. The authority could begin to accept online payments that would not cost the customer money. Currently, customers are able to pay online but it's costing them about $3.50 each time along with the payment. Plus customers could receive the bills via email and there are other areas that could save the authority money.
While the board members agree the billing system should be updated with something better they decided to hold a special meeting later in the year just to discuss the billing system.
The board accepted the resignation of water operator Gary Palmer, effective Feb. 28. Palmer's position will be advertised for three days and the applicants should send résumés in by March 8. It is looking for a certified water operator or someone willing to become certified.
In his report, Plant Superin-tendent Rick Hoover said there are three leaks in Coalport. He told the board where they are and additional leak tests will be done, but he's pretty sure he knows where they are.
In other business, the board:
• heard the authority truck that was wrecked this winter has been repaired and is available for pickup at Classic Collision.
• was advised an engineer from Stiffler McGraw was in to look at the sewage tanks and will provide an estimate for cleaning and repairs for the March meeting.
• advised Hoover to purchase 50 rebuilt meters at a cost of $70.
• heard there is no money available for a water tank to be built near Coalport at this time.
• will ask for an extension for the H2O money.