The Borough of Conshohocken Authority is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a PA Small Water and Sewer Grant by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to fund the completion of Phase III of the Authority’s Liner Project
The Authority is the recipient of $423,175 in grant funds, which will be used to complete the final phase of the rehabilitation of the Regional Sanitary Sewer Interceptor. The grant was extremely competitive, and the Authority received one of the highest awards in this grant cycle. “I’m ecstatic that the Authority was awarded this grant so that it can continue to proactively maintain its infrastructure at such a low cost to its ratepayers,” said Chairwoman Carol Smith, adding that local legislators should be applauded for their efforts in helping the Authority obtain the grant funding. According to Authority Engineer Fred Ebert, this grant, combined with other grants received during earlier phases of the project, will allow the Authority to complete the entire project for around 15 cents on the dollar.
This project involves the installation of a protective lining in the interceptor pipe that will significantly reduce unwanted inflow and infiltration and allow the sewer system to operate more efficiently for Conshohocken, West Conshohocken and Plymouth Township residents. Through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program, grant funds are available to eligible municipalities and municipal authorities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. The Authority’s Liner Project is an important investment in our community’s infrastructure and by securing this grant, the Authority has protected its ratepayers from the need to fund the majority of the cost of this critical project.
Q: Is the fee already approved or will it be considered after the two public meetings?
A: It is anticipated that the fee structure will be considered at the Authority’s December public meeting, for implementation January 1, 2024.
Q: Why is the authority moving forward with the stormwater fee, while the PA Supreme Court is actively considering whether it is a tax or not?
A: The case currently pending with the PA Supreme Court will not affect the Authority’s ability to implement the fee. The question before the Court is whether the stormwater fee implemented by West Chester Borough is a fee or a tax, as applied to state owned properties within the Borough. As state-owned properties are exempt from local taxes, a holding that the fee was a tax would mean that such properties were exempt from payment. The Court will not be deciding whether a municipal entity can charge the fee, but only whether certain state owned properties are responsible for paying fees that are implemented.
Q: I always thought the borough was responsible for managing and maintaining the stormwater sewers. Was there an ordinance or another type of law passed that moved this responsibility to the authority?
A: The Borough currently owns and maintains the stormwater management system. The proposal would involve the transfer of the system to the Authority, who would then have ultimate responsibility for maintenance of the system. It is the intent of the Borough and the Authority to enter into an agreement whereby the Borough will serve as a contractor for the Authority that will perform the required maintenance functions.
On December 19, 2023, PA State Representative Greg Scott informed the Authority that we were approved to receive $1,454,471.00 in grant money from the H2O PA Program. The grant money will be used to upgrade our plant’s electrical sub-station that is over 30 years old. Our sub-station receives electricity from two separate grids. In case one grid goes down, the sub-station switches over to the other grid and the plant stays energized without disruption to our treatment process. A modernized replacement will increase efficiency and safety.
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
THE BOROUGH OF CONSHOHOCKEN AUTHORITY
NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Borough of Conshohocken Authority will conduct its regular business meeting for the month of February on Thursday, February 29, 2024, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This meeting has been rescheduled from the previously advertised date of February 27, 2024.
The meeting on February 29, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. will be held for the purpose of conducting regular monthly business.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting in person at Conshohocken Borough Hall, 400 Fayette Street, 1st Floor, Conshohocken, PA 19428.
Alternatively, members of the public are welcome to attend remotely. Remote access will be available using Zoom. If you have not attended a virtual meeting using Zoom before, you can download the Zoom application and create an account at https://zoom.us/. It is recommended that you do so in advance of the meeting time.
The meeting can be accessed using the following link, and/or by inputting the below Meeting ID and Passcode when prompted:
Meeting ID: 601 400 2024
Remote attendance by phone is available by dialing +1 (309) 205-3325 and inputting the Meeting ID and Passcode listed above. Dial-in numbers for alternate U.S. and international locations can be found at: https://zoom.us/u/ad40SwjCoQ.
If you choose to attend remotely, please keep your microphone muted at all times, unless giving a public comment. There will be a designated time on the agenda for public comment. Those who wish to offer public comment shall be given the opportunity to do so, one at a time, and shall provide their name before comment.
Prior to the start of any meeting, or during any meeting, the public may submit written comments via e-mail to email@example.com. Public comments received in this manner will be read aloud during the public comment period. As the actual time of the public comment period may vary based upon the pace of the meeting, please submit all comments as soon as possible, whether before or during a meeting.
The meeting agenda will be posted by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the meeting date.
The meeting will be recorded and posted to the Authority’s website.
It is of the utmost importance to the Authority that the public be given every available opportunity to participate in its meetings. If you encounter problems participating during a meeting, please contact the Authority at firstname.lastname@example.org and identify the problem experienced so we may continue to improve the remote system.
Borough of Conshohocken Authority