NEWS

Old case back in court for ATMA

PAT FRIDGEN

A lawsuit against Antrim Township Municipal Authority is in the discovery phase. Solicitor Linus Fenicle reported on the proceedings at the board's March 28 meeting. Michael F. Ronca & Sons Contractors worked on the sewer line extension to the Kauffman area about a decade ago, and had encountered more rock than expected. It initiated some legal action in 2002 to recover costs. The case was inactive for years, but still in court records, Fenicle said, and Ronca had just revived it. The Bethlehem company is seeking $400,000. A subpoena was served to ATMA engineering firm Brinjac, and to Enviroscan, Inc. a geophysical surveyor from Lancaster. In January and February Antrim spent $3,140 in legal fees on the issue.

In other business, chairman Bob Coladonato asked members to ponder the fate of the sewer plant. Since Antrim Township took over ATMA's debt when the bonds were recently refinanced, and also employed the staff at the plant, he saw no value for the authority to continue to own the facility. He favored turning over the entire operation, including access to the repair and improvement fund.

Bob Schemmerling and Chad Murray agreed. "The supervisors can ask for advice if they need to," said Schemmerling. "We're only advisory anyway."

Rodney Eberly wanted time to think about it and Elwood Myers was absent.

In a brief mention of the supervisors' veto to selling the ATMA water system to Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority, public works director Tom Davis stated, "I don't think the door has been slammed yet. There can be more negotiations."