LAWRENCE COUNTY Legislative items await council
Residents can hook onto the borough's sewer system for the first time.
BY MARY GRZEBIENIAK
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Council has set a special meeting for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the borough building to consider several pieces of legislation.
Among them are advertising of a "disorderly house" ordinance, approval of a long-awaited sewer agreement with Wilmington Township in Mercer County, and a proposed list of fees to be charged under the new state building ordinance.
Police Chief Carmen Piccirillo gave council a sample ordinance from Slippery Rock borough to review before the special meeting. He said he chose Slippery Rock because it is also a college town. He added the ordinance has been effective there and even survived a legal challenge.
If the ordinance is adopted, it easier for police to shut down rowdy parties because they can press charges against hosts of the party. Currently, police can only charge people who are actually being disorderly. The ordinance would also allow the borough to prohibit any more parties at a problem address.
If council agrees at the special meeting to advertise the ordinance, it could be adopted in September.
Also Monday, Timothy McNickle, one of the borough's solicitors, reported that he met earlier in the day with officials from Wilmington Township and made a tentative agreement to finalize the township's purchase of sewage capacity from the borough. The township would be allowed a 24,000-gallon daily capacity for a start-up cost of $85,920.
Spurred by development
The agreement, in the making since 1999, has been spurred by housing development in the township and means township residents can hook onto the borough's system for the first time. The agreement also provides that the usage will be metered and the charge to the township could be reassessed based on use.
Sewer customers would have to install water meters even if they have well water. The meters will be read each month and the borough will do a bulk billing to the township, which would then bill its own residents.
Council President Larry Wagner said that council hopes a similar agreement will be reached soon with Wilmington Township, Lawrence County. The township will meet Aug. 11 to act on the agreement.
The new fee list to be considered at the special meeting must be in effect so the borough can charge fees under the new Pennsylvania Uniform Building Code, Edmi which became effective this summer.
Piccirillo reported that Dr. C. Joyce Nicksick, superintendent of Wilmington Area Schools, is seeking funding sources for a school resource officer which would provide a full-time police officer in the schools to serve as a liaison.
Council Administrator Sharonn Edmiston, who represents council on the New Wilmington History Book Committee, reported the history of the borough will be available by the end of August. For ordering information, contact the borough offices.