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Borough, Allen come to agreement on sewer rates

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Council votes to approve ordinance; wastewater issues still to be resolved

The impasse over sewer rates between Northampton Borough and Allen Township has been resolved.

Borough council adopted legislation to resolve the long-standing issue at its Oct. 3 meeting. The unanimous vote approved an ordinance that has borough and township property owners on the same page regarding the rates.

“The ordinance establishes a procedure for the calculation of sewer services to be charged to Allen Township,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said. “In the proposed format, Allen Township will be responsible to pay 95 percent of the water charges applied by the Northampton Borough Municipal Authority, which is what borough residents currently pay.”

There are still outstanding matters between the borough and township regarding the usage of the borough’s wastewater treatment plant and sewer plant, such as capacity.

The borough is in the midst of making plans with an engineering firm regarding the proposed upgrade of the sewer plant, which requires state approval and possible grants.

In another matter with Allen Township, the township requested permission from the borough to install the proper signage on Hollow Lane at Horwith Drive and on Walker Drive at Howertown Road to prohibit truck traffic.

Borough lawmakers granted the request. Brobst said Allen Township will install and maintain the signage.

Permission was given to North Catasauqua Borough for the use of the borough’s portable band trailer Oct. 13 for its betterment committee event, Autumnfest. North Catasauqua will pay the delivery fee; however, the rental fee was waived.