As of Friday, November 22, the After all of these years we finally
At the November 25th Nuangola Sewer Authority meeting chaired by Ray Shirk, Quad3 Project Manager Dan Nealon announced,
system was fully operational. We tested everything. At this point the remainder of paving and landscaping will have to wait until spring.”
While the contractor, Wexcon, missed several deadlines including the drop-dead deadline of November 8th, the board pronounced itself satisfied with the results.
Solicitor Robert Gonos stated,
have completed an operational system. It has been many, many years for this, and prior boards, to get to this place… Everything was in the way of this, but it’s finally gotten done. Now we don’t have final completion, but we have substantial completion. All of the construction work to make this operational has been done.”
Shirk noted that the connection aspect of the plan is continuing with 218 homes in Phase 1 on line with the Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority plant. That is 64%. In Phase 2, he stated, “Out of 77 homes, there are 11 connected, that’s 14%. Of the total, we have 55% connected.” He added that connection notices are arriving daily.
The same is true for the receipt of the $2,025 tap in fees, said Treasurer Ted Vancosky, who reported that funds are sitting in M&T Bank for days when a quick turn-around of these funds to the bridge loan supplier, Fulton Bank, would save hundreds of dollars in interest rates per month.
The strains of this controversial
community sewer system were clearly evident in a heated exchange between Vancosky and Secretary Sally DiRico. The trade-off became so inflamed that Gonos entered the fray, cautioning against further escalation.
The solicitor shifted gears from escalation to the diminishing of interactions when he advised that the authority’s role as a clearinghouse for citizen complaints will reduce as the project winds down. He said that it is still appropriate for residents to bring concerns to the board which will then be conveyed to the contractor, but if resolution is not forthcoming, residents will have to deal with the contractor and its insurance carrier.
“If it becomes an issue that cannot be resolved, then it’s up to the homeowner to do what they want to do,” the attorney explained, “since we are not constructing the project, they are. And it’s in the contract language that they had to indemnify the sewer authority…You can’t solve anything yourselves. At this point we will just turn things over to the contractor to handle.”
It was agreed to make contact information available to property owners.
This was not welcome news to residents and council members in attendance. Questions were raised about unresolved construction issues and the condition of the borough’s roads. It was reported that some
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