Scott sewer bills have errors

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Scott residents are being advised to check their sewer bills carefully in light of recent billing changes.

Pennsylvania-American Water Co. stopped billing for sewer service in the fall and gave the job to the municipalities. But something appears to have gone awry.

Pat Martin of Center Street told township officials Tuesday that she was overcharged by $19.79 for sewer service. She has since received a refund, but said other billing problems have occurred, such as residents' bills showing different dates even though meters were read on the same days.

Commissioner Tom Castello agreed, saying about half of township residents are receiving correct bills and half are getting incorrect ones. In addition, he said, the owner of an empty lot that has no waterline received a sewer bill.

"It's a total mess," he said, adding he wasn't sure how the township would correct the situation.

Township manager Denise Fitzgerald said the water company is going to analyze Scott's data for its 5,500 customers to identify the problem

"They are going to help us to get it resolved," she said.

The township did not do anything wrong, she added.

Other municipalities also are experiencing similar difficulties, officials said.

Commissioner Bill Wells thanked Mrs. Martin for spending time with township staff to determine the source of the billing problem.

In other action, the board unanimously approved a 25-year lease agreement with the Chartiers Terrace Housing Association that will allow a portion of the Chartiers Terrace property to be used as a ball field. Scott will pay a $100 rental fee annually.

Sean Walsh, owner of Nobby's Pizza on Vanadium Road, was awarded a five-year contract to operate the concession stand at the township pool. Ron Ellis was once again hired as pool manager/aquatics director for the 2013 season, and William Evans was named recreation director. Hiring other pool employees and lifeguards also was approved.

Officials approved two resolutions for 50-50 matching grant applications through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. One grant would be used for Scott Park upgrades and the other would be shared with the Scott Conservancy for trail development.


Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer:


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