Sharpsville, Hermitage and South Pymatuning Township would have to pick up part of the cost.
By HAROLD GWIN
VINDICATOR SHARON BUREAU
SHARPSVILLE, Pa. -- Borough officials said a sanitary sewer improvement plan proposed by the city of Sharon would sharply increase the monthly sewer bills of Sharpsville residents. Sharpsville is part of the Upper Shenango Valley Water Pollution Control Authority, which sends its sewage to Sharon's treatment plant.
Part of Hermitage and South Pymatuning Township are also a part of the authority.
Sharon is under pressure from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to upgrade and expand its sewage treatment plant, and by virtue of its agreement with Sharon, the authority is responsible for a portion of that cost.
Looking at costs
Sharpsville officials said Sharon's plan, which will be presented Tuesday, calls for $23 million in improvements to the treatment plant and Sharon wants the authority to pick up 34.5 percent of that cost.
That would boost the cost the average residential sewer bill in Sharpsville from $25 per month to $39 a month, said Borough Manager Michael Wilson, following a borough council meeting Wednesday.
Sharpsville Councilman Gary Grandy said Sharpsville might want to look at building its own sewage treatment plant instead.
Borough officials also expressed concern about the Dean Dairy plant in neighboring South Pymatuning Township that sends its sewage through the authority's lines to Sharon.
If the milk processing plant is required to pre-treat its sewage, there are concerns that it might close its operation in the township and move elsewhere instead, officials said.
Borough officials said they plan to attend the Sharon meeting to hear the details of the city's plan and to express their concerns.