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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Borough, Allen settling on sewer terms

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Municipalities expected to reach agreement at Aug. 15 council meeting

Northampton Borough and Allen Township are expected to reach an agreement on the intermunicipal sewer contract at the Aug. 15 meeting of Northampton Borough Council.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst noted the legal wording for the new contract is being finalized by the solicitors for both entities — Atty. Steven Goudsouzian for the borough and Atty. Lincoln Treadwell for the township.

Both municipalities met more than two weeks ago, during which time most of the issues were resolved.

The new contract is expected to be a multiyear deal that will set a specific capacity for Allen Township at the borough’s sanitary waste facility off Lerchenmiller Drive.

Borough officials also reported the contract will deal with issues such as borough residents paying a higher sewer rate fee than do those residing in Allen Township.

The intermunicipal sewer contract expired in 2016 and allegedly caused a rift between the two municipalities, which put developers in the middle. There have been occasions where developers sought approval from one municipality, only to be told they have to go to the other.

Councilman Robert McHale, sewer committee chairman, led the borough’s actions regarding the proposed new sewer contract. The borough is in the midst of studies that could result in major upgrades to the sewer plant.