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January 1, 2014

Sewer system sale produces questions

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Recently, the Union Township supervisors held a public meeting to get the residents’ opinion on the sale of the township sewer system to the New Castle Sanitation Authority.

The authority would be responsible for all aspects of the operations of the Union system. This would include maintenance, repair, extensions and the billing of the system’s users.

The supervisors stated they were negotiating on the sale price and the township engineer would determine a fair price of the system. When asked what that price may be, they had no opinion of value to present.

Early in the 1980s, Union was successful in a lawsuit with the manufacturer of the pipe used to install the system. Union received $2,400,000 compensation with the help of Union’s lawyers and other parties.

There is a trust agreement stating that the $2.4 million could be used only for three specific conditions.

1. Capital improvements to the system

2. Operation and maintenance charges for the system

3. Application to reduce rates and charges to the users of the system.

A supervisor said the township will retain the $2,400,000 for general township expenses if the sale is completed. This would be beneficial to all residents, not just the users. These funds belong to the users for those conditions under said agreement.

Why would the supervisors sell such a valuable asset, give up control, the possibility of eliminating three employees’ jobs, pay unemployment compensation and impact future growth in the township?

Sewer users should attend the next supervisors meeting and state their opinions.

Leo Dutch Carlin

Miller Road

New Castle

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