When you build a town on a swamp, you’re going to have water flow problems.
Borough Council on Monday addressed the water woes that have plagued the town for more than a decade.
“We’re in a swamp,” President Fred Grauch said Monday night. “And we’ve got swamp problems. All of this is now costing us money.”
Grauch said the borough has sunk approximately $19 million into infrastructure in the last 10 years, and he feels Philipsburg is tightening up its sewage and storm sewer system, although problems remain.
One problem is that Morris Township has filed suit against the Moshannon Valley Joint Sewer Authority, which Grauch also leads. The township is arguing that the plan to take Philipsburg to a flowbased billing system is contrary to the authority agreement, according to Grauch.
Borough engineer John Clabaugh detailed his efforts to present a computer model for the borough to work out details for the flow-based billing that the borough favors.
Clabaugh said he only requires information from Pennsylvania American Water Co. to complete the work.
The issue with Morris Township appears to be a fight over how much the sewage bills will be for the five municipalities served by the authority. Currently, Philipsburg’s sewage bills are the highest among the member municipalities.
The court filings were not available to the CDT Monday night.
Another problem is that the borough is still trying to work out an easement across the Lee Industries property that would divert a troublesome tributary into nearby Moshannon Creek. Borough Council worries that the grant money for the project could be lost because of the delays in obtaining the easement.
In other business, council reminded property owners to get their safety inspections done before the end of the year to avoid penalties.
Council members also learned they were closing in on a state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant to install $60,000 worth of new equipment to the 13th Street playground.