ATMA starts water plant upgrade

PAT FRIDGEN

Antrim Township Municipal Authority officials are still searching for an onsite construction manager as the water treatment plant undergoes an upgrade. Brinjac Engineering recommended last month that the township contract with someone to watch the project closely, since the work will be at the source of a water supply.

Maintenance director Brad Graham reported April 26 that he had spoken to two companies about handling the daily inspections, but had not yet received a proposal. Most of the ground work has been completed at the plant on Sherwood Drive.

Chairman Bob Coladonato said he and ATMA member Bob Schemmerling had met with Graham and supervisors Fred Young III and Curtis Myers on March 30 to clarify responsibilities concerning the wastewater treatment plant. The township leases the sewer facility from ATMA and there has long been confusion on which body pays for which bill. Antrim covers operation and maintenance expenses, and ATMA covers repairs and improvements. Through the years even those divisions have been unclear.

Coladonato said the five agreed that ATMA could help the supervisors formulate the sewer budget for 2011.

Norfolk Southern asked for termination of sewer service at 1539 Hykes Road. It purchased the property as it prepares to construct an intermodal terminal in Antrim Township. The house will be demolished. ATMA approved the request with the condition that the current bill be paid, the line gets capped, and NS pays the final inspection fee of $50. The board expects one more such request for an adjacent house.

Due to Memorial Day, ATMA will meet one week earlier this month, on May 24.