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November 14, 2013

Mahoning ready to act on delinquent sewer bills

NEW CASTLE — About a fifth of Mahoning Township’s sewer customers are delinquent on their sewer bills and officials are getting impatient.

At this week’s meeting, solicitor Lou Perrotta announced that with passage of a new ordinance last month, the township is ready to begin filing civil complaints with the district magistrate against those residents. If the bills still remain unpaid, the township will file municipal liens against homeowners and, ultimately, will have the water company shut off their water.

Vito Yeropoli, supervisor chairman, said sewer bills are $65 per month for residences. Currently 400 customers are being billed and this will rise to 600 once all are tapped into the sewer line. But 21 percent of the bills are not being paid and some customers owe more than $500. He explained the township is counting on the monthly sewer fees to make the $32,000 monthly payment on $9 million in loans used to build the sewer line.

The supervisors modeled the ordinance on Shenango Township’s in Mercer County, which is collecting 91 percent of its sewer bills, Yeropoli said.

Those experiencing hardship should contact the township, he added. “We are willing to work with people.”

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the supervisors:

•Heard an update on a new police vehicle. Police Chief Jim Morris said the 2013 Ford SUV has been delivered and will be on the road as soon as it is equipped. The township bought it for $29,000 from Preston Ford, Sharon, through the state purchasing program. A $20,000 donation from the Johnson Club was used toward that purchase, Yeropoli said.

•Agreed to advertise for one or two part-time snowplow drivers. Applicants must have a Class B commercial driver’s license and pass a drug test and physical. The job pays $12.50 an hour.

•Hired Philip Weiner and Co. of New Castle to audit the 2013 township and fire department funds.

•Authorized applying for Community Development Block Grant funds to pave and repair roads being damaged by stormwater.

(Email: grzebieniak@ncnewsonline.com)

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