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					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,”
said Karver.
   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

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