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Property issue discussed at authority meeting
Friday, February 22, 2013
By Tyler Kolesar Staff Writer
ALLPORT - A property issue was brought up at last night's regular Municipal Authority of the Township of Morris monthly meeting.
Chairman Vic Couturiaux said they've received a letter back from Solicitor Kim Kesner with a deed for the property, which was previously controlled by the now-defunct Allport Com-munity Association. Couturiaux said Kesner expressed concern with a neighboring home not having a right-of-way to get onto their property. Couturiaux said the previous agreement was just a verbal one in allowing the homeowner to use MATTOM property as a driveway to access the home. Couturiaux said they could approve the deed as is or spend money with a surveyor to create a right-of-way.
Engineer Tom Holleran told the board they didn't need to actually have a surveyor. Holleran said all they really had to do was delineate where the right-of-way would be and how large it would be, and then they could send their changes back to Kesner.
After much deliberation, the board decided to vote to give a 20-foot right-of-way up the entire northern boundary of the property.
Vice Chairman John Saggese voiced his opinion on the non-discharge fee being $21 a month, or half of the regular fee, at the Morris Township meeting earlier in the month, and did so again last night. Couturiaux said the Moshannon Valley Joint Sewer Authority charges $19.50 a month for it, so dropping it more would mean they make no money or they take a loss on those properties.
Couturiaux also said the property owner has the choice to disconnect if a dwelling isn't on the property. However, should the person try to sell the property, the value would go down and the new buyer would have to pay for reconnection fees, which are currently more than $300.
In other news, the board passed a motion to purchase a new truck through COSTARS that would not exceed $50,000. Couturiaux said the current truck is a 1997 and has been having severe problems.
Couturiaux also said they've been having problems with the alarm systems at the pump stations. After a lengthy discussion, a motion was passed that allowed the authority to purchase two Mission Scata system alarms for two of the pumps.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the authority building.
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