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Washington Twp. Sewer Plant Can Be Rerated For Higher Capacity
Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner, Correspondent
2021-06-30

            On Thursday night, Washington Township Sewer Engineer Thomas Unger, SDS Engineering, informed the board of supervisors that the hydraulic capacity review of the township sewer plant has been completed.  Analysis indicates it is possible to rerate the sewer plant for up to 25,000 gallons more per day.  The higher capacity translates into approximately 83 Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDUs).

            Currently, the township sewer treatment plant is at full capacity.  Unger noted the analysis will soon be ready for review by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  Ultimately, DEP will determine if the sewer plant can be rerated for a higher hydraulic capacity. 

If DEP approves the rerating of the sewer plant for a higher capacity, several developers and a few property owners in the township with failing septic systems potentially would be able to connect to the system.

            Jim D'Angelo, Prestige Builders, holds approximately 27 EDUs and he informed the supervisors he would like to sell them back to the township.  The township will only pay what the EDUs were worth when first purchased.  D'Angelo would like to be paid the current fee for the EDUs.  Discussions are expected to continue in the matter.

            The owner of the Pied Piper Restaurant requested relief from the township for a $1,600 sewer bill.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant is closed.  The supervisors agreed to consider the restaurant owner's request.  However, Township Chairman Dave Moyer noted, "The bill must be paid now." 

            Moyer explained residents who only reside in the township for a few months each year are never exempted from their sewer and water bills.

            Township Solicitor Joan London informed the supervisors there have been discussions, but, she stressed, there is no agreement in the appeal to Berks County Court of Common Pleas by Kelly Builders/Shadeland Developers. London noted there will be a conference on July 9th concerning the matter. 

Kelly Builders/Shadeland Developers sought a conditional use from the township to construct a recreational/club house on land it owns along Schwenkenfelder and County Line Roads.  The township denied the conditional use. The developers appealed the denial to the court. 

            A Spring Valley Village resident requested the township sell him some of the abandoned railroad tract the township owns near his home. London explained it is difficult for a municipality to sell land it owns. The sale must be advertised and notice posted in a newspaper of public record.  There must be an appraisal of the property.  Additionally, it must be sold to the highest bidder.  The supervisors made no comment on the request and took no action on it.

            Township Engineer John Weber, LTL Consultants, announced the full depth reclamation of Moyer and Lane Roads will begin in July.  The township basketball court paving is finished. 

            The township announced it will take electronic payments for sewer and water bills as well as permits.  The township will accept all payments except American Express because the fees are too high. The supervisors stressed the township does not accept tax payments, only the local tax collector accepts payment for taxes. 

            At the behest of the Optimist Club, the supervisors agreed to install a memorial sign at the Barto Park football/lacrosse field in memory of a young lacrosse player, Christian Hellriegel.  Christian, a star lacrosse player, perished in a tragic accident. 

Last month when the Optimist Club first proposed the memorial sign, Optimist Club member Sean O'Connor, found it difficult to control his emotions when speaking about Hellriegel's ability as an athlete and described him as a wonderful young man. The memorial sign will be placed on the scoreboard and face the sports field. 

            Moyer praised township employee Jake Long for the excellent job he does mowing grass along township roads.  Moyer said, "He goes the extra mile." 

Moyer noted the Eastern Berks Fire Company is still holding its fund raising drive.  He said, "If you give a donation, you are investing in good quality people and fire service." 

Moyer cautioned residents to be careful with fireworks over the 4th of July holiday.  He said, "Be considerate of your neighbors.  Some people and their pets can't take the noise.  Enjoy the holiday that celebrates America." 

            The next Washington Township Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 22 at 7 p.m.


 

 

 

 

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