Antrim collects a little bit towards overdue sewer bills

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

The first execution sale for Antrim Township, prompted in an effort to collect on delinquent sewer bills, brought in less revenue than expected on Dec. 30.

Township administrator Brad Graham reported to the board of supervisors that night that just a small crowd attended the sale. The turnout was attributed to dreary winter weather. A pontoon and trailer went for $650, and a riding lawn mower for $50. The money would go against the debt of the sewer customer, but the balance was still over $5,000, and a lien remained on the house, Graham said. More execution sales were in the pipeline with other customers as well.

The supervisors met for the first time in the new boardroom of the remodeled municipal building. Graham said the township offices would be closed Jan. 8 and 9 as staff moved everything out of the temporary rented construction trailer into the new facility.

Fred Young III, Pat Heraty, John Alleman and James Byers approved a modified intergovernmental agreement with Franklin County on the usage of county radios. Rick Baer abstained.

Changes made by township solicitor John Lisko had already received the support of the county. Young explained that under the new wording, Antrim was held harmless by any grossly negligent acts of Franklin County, and vice versa.

Graham clarified the intent of the supervisors on who could or should attend the annual spring Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors convention in Hershey.

“We had more attendance last year than in the past,” he said. “As a result, our costs were higher.”

Three supervisors, two staff members and six roadcrew employees had attended all or part of the convention.

Graham said the sessions were great training opportunities, but he would check the agenda to see that the topics were of value. Most of the supervisors planned to attend, and were open to employees going.