ATMA forms committee on mysterious real estate issue

— By PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

Following an executive session Monday night, Antrim Township Municipal Authority chairman Rodney Eberly appointed himself and Chad Murray to a special committee being formed by multiple entities to discuss a real estate issue. The two will meet with representatives from the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors, Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority, and Greencastle Borough Council to talk about the topic, not publicly identified.

The 2011 Audit was also reviewed by Chuck Frame from Boyer & Ritter at the Aug. 27 meeting. He told Eberly, Murray, Elwood Myers and Rick Baer that major events during the year played a significant role in the report. The most notable was the termination of the sewer lease agreement with Antrim Township, which put the capital assets on the township's books. With the new contract, ATMA got the credit.

The result was "a healthy statement of assets and liabilities," said Frame.

He added that for anyone to understand the true financial picture of sewer operations, funds from Antrim and ATMA had to be combined, which he did in a special section of the audit.

The board granted a 25 percent water bill reduction to Dennis Kimmel, 14857 Robinhood Circle. He had received a quarterly bill 10 times higher than normal. Because he had immediately taken action to find the source of a leak, which turned out to be a toilet, public works director Carl Rundquist and the billing department recommended a break on the charge.

Other business

Rundquist notified the board he planned to ask the supervisors to let another agency conduct a study on repairing or replacing the sludge press at the wastewater treatment plant. As an engineer himself, he did not have the time to prepare the report for DEP by Nov. 15. The press was 16 years old.

He also said Antrim might need to buy nutrient credits because the plant was processing higher flows than allowed. By Oct. 1 he thought the township would need 3,000 credits, auctioned at about $5 each, to meet the Chesapeake Bay clean water guidelines.

"There's no way around it, we have to purchase them?" asked Murray.

The reply was affirmative.

In an update on the clarity of the treated water, Rundquist said the UV lights couldn't permeate the dark water to 65 percent transmissivity five months of the year, but was at 20 percent. One remedy at some point could be chlorination, he said, which would be expensive upfront, but cheaper in the long run.