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Sewerage bills will be increasing next month for residents of North Versailles Twp.
At the monthly meeting Feb. 20, township commissioners said the increase is the first in four years.
“We don’t ever like to see the rates go up but we are simply passing on the increase that we are seeing from Alcosan,” said Sam Juliano, vice president of the township commissioners.
“There have been a number of additional factors that play into the rate increase,” said Frank Pearsol, chair of the North Versailles Township Sanitary Authority.
“Aside from Alcosan raising their rates by 10 percent each year for the last seven years, there was also a landslide that took out a major sanitation pump station and a main pressure line this past year,” Pearsol said.
“We have to borrow $2 million to fix the pump station and the line. The township is going to have to start making payments on that money.”
The upcoming rate increase will increase bills by nearly 29 percent.
“We are already the fifth-lowest cost for sanitation in Allegheny County and we haven’t increased our rates in over four years,” Pearsol said.
Low-income residents and senior citizens on fixed incomes can potentially receive assistance paying their bills. Pearsol said the information will be available wherever customers pay their bills, or online at Alcosan's website.
In Other Business:
The board voted unanimously to reduce and set the speed limit on Robin Street to 15 miles per hour.
Additionally, the board approved $710.92 for minor updates to Crestas baseball field.
Jason A. Mignanelli is a freelance writer from Pittsburgh’s North Hills and a student at Duquesne University. He may be reached at email@example.com.
Originally published February 25, 2020.