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M A I NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 97 No. 32

JOURNAL ISSN:1529-9910

Nanty Glo, Pa.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

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Nanty Glo addresses dirty water issue, solutions moving forward Jackson Township requests more information to better notify residents

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Last week, the Nanty Glo Water Authority’s treatment plant took a hit with the large amount of rain, and a glitch in the system caused dirty water for residents. At the Aug. 1 meeting, Jackson Township supervisor and water authority board member John Wallet and water authority foreman Fred Meier attended Nanty Glo’s meeting to fully understand the problems so their residents could be better informed

because the township does receive water from Nanty Glo. “Obviously, you guys know that we have a problem with the water that we get off you,” said Wallet. “Our residents are really pounding us hard.” Wallet asked about the plan moving forward and how long the turbidity in the water is going to last. Nanty Glo Water Authority operator Larry Krampy explained that there is an iron and manganese problem in the system, which is causing the turbidity in the water.

BVMA moves forward with sheriff sale of house

“The chlorine reacts with iron and manganese and it oxidizes it and it turns it brown and discolors the water,” said Krampy. “The state is working on it.” According to Krampy, numerous samples from the system have been sent to Harrisburg, but not all of the results have been sent back to him yet. “There’s nothing out of the ordinary,” Krampy said. “There’s no health issue or anything like that.” Krampy said that right now the reservoir is dirty and the filter runs are “way too short”

and “they malfunctioned way too fast.” Engineer Joel Romagna explained that part of the problem is because there was an issue with the alarms. “The alarms weren’t wired properly,” said Romagna. “So, not only did those filter run times cut short, but the filter was backwashing for 16 hours straight. It drained the clearwell was the issue.” Since the alarms were not wired correctly, there was no way for Krampy to know that there was an issue with the

plant. This meant that there was no water to backwash the plant, according to Romagna. “Unfortunately, we had to learn the hard way that those alarms weren’t [working properly],” said Romagna. Krampy had to switch over to Ebensburg water for his system. “I’m not here pointing fingers, I just want to talk about maybe we can know what’s going on so we can tell our people more intelligently what’s going on, and maybe SEE WATER, PAGE 3A

‘We can’t back down’

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

A five-year-old unpaid sewer bill through the Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority has been a major topic of conversation at several meetings this year. At the July 25 meeting, solicitor William Barbin explained where he was at, legally, with the sheriff sale of that property. “We got the full judgment against him,” said Barbin. “He has 30 days to appeal that.” The 30 days started July 5, added Barbin, and the judgment is $15,336.38. After Aug. 5, Barbin can ask the sheriff to sell the property. The authority will be responsible for a $1,500 deposit for that sale to cover the costs. The

owner will be given the chance to pay off the total amount he owes, but if that doesn’t happen the home will be sold. “We can’t back down,” said chairman Mike Pisarcik. Desmond Warzel made a motion to approve the sheriff’s fee and move forward with the sale. Mike Palovich seconded the motion. Another issue the authority has faced is the hit and run on a fire hydrant along State Route 422 that happened last year. Barbin has tried two different addresses, but cannot find the driver of the vehicle. “Now what do we do?” asked Pisarcik. “He’s an out-of-state guy who SEE SALE, PAGE 3A

Getting crafty

Emma DeSalvo (front), Julian Palko, Jonah Palko, Madison Henning and Avery Molinick show off the tote bags they made during story hour at the Nanty Glo Library Aug. 1. Photo by Allie Garver.

Water sales reviewed by Jackson Township Water Authority

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Book shopping

Lindsey and Kathleen Hodge check out the children's books during the Nanty Glo Library's annual book sale Aug. 4. The sale will continue for two weeks. Photo by Allie Garver.

A question on specific water sales and which category they fall under in the monthly statement was broached by John Wallet at the July 24 Jackson Township Water Authority meeting. “I’m looking at our water sales, other water sales, and that’s reflected in this statement?” asked Wallet. Certified public accountant Jim Deter said that metered water sales are “any sales that went through the billing system.” “My understanding, all the water that we’re selling now [that’s] extra, like to the power plant or to Sunoco is metered,

is it not?” asked Wallet. Office manager Debra Buksa said that the water is metered, but the companies are billed separately. “How does it show up on the income statement is my question,” said Wallet. Deter said it will show up on the statement as other water sales and it is only listed when the money is received and deposited. “I’m just asking about this because I’m looking at the quantity of water on the foreman’s monthly report for both of those different sales and I guess it’s just not that much money when it comes in,” said Wallet. Deter added that if the water was sold this month and the

company didn’t pay for it yet, then it won’t show up until next month. Wallet questioned whether Trinity is paying their bills “religiously.” Buksa said that she is billing out approximately every two weeks and Trinity is paying about every two weeks. “Just so I’m clear, do you get paid on a regular basis?” asked solicitor C.J. Webb. Buksa said that at the time of the meeting, Trinity was approximately four weeks behind because she has to wait for their billing department to catch up. “The girl, she’s in Nevada, who does the billing out there,” said Buksa. “She checks all the SEE REVIEWED, PAGE 4A

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