Sewer rates going up in borough

By PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

Sewer rates for Greencastle customers will go up by 7.5 percent on Jan. 1, 2013. Borough council held a special meeting Dec. 10 to pass an ordinance amending the sewer chapter of the borough code to allow the increase.

The new rate will be $6.45 per 1,000 gallons, with a minimum charge of $58.05 per quarter. The old rate was $6 per 1,000 gallons with a $54 minimum.

Council said the increase was necessary to compensate for the lack of reserves, in part because Greencastle spent over $1 million on the wastewater treatment plant Biological Nutrient Reduction Project, mandated by DEP.