6 The Boyertown Area Times, September 11, 2003
Residents face sewer woes Boyertown to become more accessible
ACCESS, from page 1. liminary plans for development on was granted two waivers, one
Schaeffer Street in Boyertown. which included a common
rate per equivalent dwelling unit when their systems were not fail- capped accessible,” said Patricia
SEWER, from page 1. (EDU) is $300; the rate will be ing.
The plot of land, developed by entrance drive for the develop-
A. Spaide, borough manager. Paul Mayewski, is a half-acre lot, ment. The second waiver allowed
mit proposed plans. On June 7, increasing to $330 due to a cut in “I think it is overkill to hook up Spaide said she does not know
2001, a town meeting was held at and will include six townhomes, for a different plan size, according
state funding. 117 homes when 22 are failing,” when construction will begin, as each with a one-car garage and to borough standards.
the Gilbertsville Fire Co. to dis- However, residents had mixed said Louis P. Farrell, who would the borough’s engineer has to
cuss the alternatives. off-street parking.
views on the BMMA’s plan. One rather see a stainless steel package meet with the construction com- The plot of land is between In other news, “No Parking”
Township officials believe the concern was the additional devel- plant. pany.
least costly solution was to con- Spring and 6th Streets, and will signs will be placed on North
opment that would occur if there Unger said that not all 22 The intersections that will mirror a townhome development Monroe Street, between East
nect to BMMA’s plant. BMMA would be sewer in the homes were clustered together but receive the ramps are located west
has agreed to use its reserves to already located there. Fourth and East Fifth Streets on
Sassamansville area. were spread along Hoffmansville of the rail road, according to Nick Fiola, an engineer from Sat., Sept. 27 for the Cavalcade of
keep the cost at $7,000 for resi- “Under Pennsylvania law, Road. He said that a package Spaide.
dents. Bursich Associates, Pottstown, Bands.
municipalities are required to pro- plant would cost between $17,000 Also, council accepted the pre-
“This was deemed to be the vide adequate sewer facilities for and $18,000 per residence.
best solution, although it may not all properties,” said Clinton “The biggest cost is the collec-
be a perfect solution for every-
one,” said Buchanan.
Cleaver of the DEP.
“Development will happen only if
tion system, not the plant,” he
Scouts to collect items for food drive
The costs of other alternatives the board of supervisors approve BMMA does not have a defi-
fell in the range of $16,000 to it.” nite date when residents would be The Hawk Mountain Council lect the bags on Sat., Oct. 4. Frieden Lutheran Church,
$20,000 and included gravity The proposed system will pro- expected to hook up. Boy Scouts of America will be All food collected will be donat- Route 73, Oley; and
sewer lines to New Hanover or vide sewer for 117 homes and “If we stay on schedule, we conducting the 17th Annual ed to the Greater Berks Food Bank St. Catharine of Siena Roman
Washington townships and com- Scouting for Food Drive in Berks and food pantries. Catholic Church, 4975 Boyertown
some additional units, said Unger. will be online within a year,” said
munity sand mounds. and Schuylkill counties on Food items may also be dropped Pike, Exeter.
Township ordinance requires any- Seroski. Saturday, Oct. 4. off at the following sites on Oct. 4
At the Sept. 4 meeting, Clem one within 150 feet of a line to Letters will be sent to residents
Seroski of BMMA said that Local scouts - including Cub between 9:30 a.m and 1 p.m in the For more information, call the
hook up. when the project is completed Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops Boyertown-Oley areas: Hawk Mountain Council at 610-
BMMA was now proceeding with Some residents were angry that allowing residents 30 to 90 days
the planning and design of the and Venture Crews - will distrib- Conestoga Telephone Com- 926-3406 or the Greater Berks
they would be forced to hook up to hookup. ute food collection bags to homes pany, Second and Warwick Streets, Food Bank at 610-926-5802.
He said the project had been on on Saturday, Sept. 27, and will col- Boyertown;
hold due to a lawsuit filed by
Fulton Koons, who claimed that
BMMA was using ratepayers’
money to fund the project and that
the current rates are too high.
Seroski said that the lawsuit
also prevented BMMA from refi-
nancing a bond at a lower interest
rate. The refinancing would have
saved BMMA about $200,000.
During the course of the three-
hour meeting, Koons’ attorney,
Lawrence Sager, of Pottstown
spoke about his client’s position.
“I thought tonight was going to
be an opportunity to re-evaluate
the plans,” said Sager. “All, I
heard was a justification of a deci-
sion that has already been made.
There are other ways to handle
this. This is a health, safety and
welfare issue and tax monies
should be used.”
BMMA’s attorney Jeffrey
Karver of Boyertown said that
BMMA is not using ratepayer
funds for this project.
“BMMA has accumulated
funds to pay for the extension,”
He said the funds were collect-
ed from developers when they
hooked into the system over the
past 30 or more years.
“We have the lowest rates in
the countryside,” said BMMA
Treasurer John Stasik. “We are
not for profit and are very diligent
on how we use funds.”
BMMA’s current yearly sewer
Market is now open.
Everything in our stand is locally grown.
Now Ripe – White & Yellow
Freestone Peaches, Bartlett
Pears, Rambo Apples, Gala
Apples, Ginger Gold Apples,
Plums, and Nectarines.
Good supply at below wholesale prices
Also Fresh Picked Sweet Corn,
Watermelon Plus A Large
Assortment of Vegetables
– ROADSIDE MARKET –
Rt. 73 between Oley & Boyertown
Open everyday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.