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M AI NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 164 No. 8

USPS 166680

Ebensburg, Pa.

Carrolltown council hears numbers on stormwater study

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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36 Pages

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

At the October Carrolltown Borough Council meeting, the council members heard from borough engineer Pat Mulcahy, of The EADS Group, on the borough’s recently completed stormwater study. Mulcahy explained that much of the information used in the 2009 stormwater study was still valid, which helped as most of the work was already done. Mulcahy said he updated prices for the borough to look at with modern costs. The estimated cost he presented the borough was $2,100,000. Mulcahy pointed out that the price was $55,000 less than the previous estimate as some issues had been addressed and some numbers SEE STUDY, PAGE 5A

Guys and dolls

Sandy Evans and Julie and Kevin Doyle enjoy an evening of food and dancing at the Cambria County Historical Society’s Party from the Past held Oct. 6 at the Noon-Collins Inn in Ebensburg. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

Act 90 another tool in the fight against neighborhood blight

By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

Party from the Past

Brian and Megan Dumm don 1920s-style costumes for the Party from the Past, hosted by the Cambria County Historical Society Oct. 6 at the Noon-Collins Inn. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

Carrolltown Borough approves ordinance to help with inflow issues

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

Carrolltown Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf addressed the council at their October meeting regarding an ordinance that would slowly reduce the amount of inflow issues the treatment plant is consistently seeing. Inflow and infiltration are the two major causes of increased

gallonages to sewage treatment plants that are not related to the normal system loads. Inflow is water entering sanitary sewers from inappropriate connections such as sump pumps or drain spouts, which are not allowed to be put into the system, and infiltration is groundwater that enters the sanitary sewers through means of defective pipe joints or broken pipes in the system. Batdorf said these are issues that have been apparent for a while, but the recent heavy storms have increased the issue to an extended degree. The plant is rated for flows of around 200,000 gallons a day, SEE INFLOW, PAGE 15A

Many local municipalities are fighting blight. The major way they are doing this is by using the recently-enacted Act 152 of 2016, officially titled, “Recorder of Deeds Fee Law — Additional Fee Imposed and Used for Demolition.” This law allows each county to elect to implement a fee of $15 to each deed and mortgage filed in the recorder of deeds office. Cambria County was the second county in the state to enact this fee in January 2017. The first round of seven buildings to be demolished with these funds was awarded in June 2018. A second round of seven or eight building demolitions is currently out for bid. Renee Daly, executive director of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority, which handles the administration of the Act 152 funding, said that the county expects to do two rounds of demolition funding for seven or eight buildings a year.

High honor

It costs roughly $8,000 to demolish a residential building and $12,000 for a small commercial or apartment building. Act 152’s catch is that either the municipality or a non-profit, like a local redevelopment authority, must own or be in the process of buying a property before it qualifies for Act 152 funding. However, Daly said there is another tool to fight blight that is rarely used by local municipalities. Enacted in 2010, the law is called “The Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act,” and is known as Act 90. “It allows the municipality to take action against the owners of buildings — not just by putting a lien on their assets — but actually attach it to personal assets,” Daly said. The law even allows for extradition of out-ofstate owners in cases where the deteriorated property is not brought to code and is violating statutes in the Pa. Crimes Code. The law also gives municipalities the right to deny building SEE BLIGHT, PAGE 4A

Central Cambria student Nick Lasinsky (middle) was honored by guidance counselor Susan Dixon and high school principal Chris Santini for receiving a PSAT score that fell in the top 3 percent of test takers nationally. Photo by Allie Garver.

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