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Everson signs off on loan for sewage treatment plant

August 19, 2014

By Mark Hofmann, The Daily Courier, Connellsville, Pa.

Aug. 19--Everson Borough Council agreed on Monday night to join other municipalities on a $14 million loan for construction of a sewage treatment plant.

The intermunicipal agreement is with Everson, Upper Tyrone Township, Scottdale Borough and East Huntingdon Township for a $14,394,000 loan through First National Bank at an interest rate of 0.92 percent.

The loan will be granted to the Westmoreland/Fayette Municipal Sewage Authority for construction of the treatment plant.

The other municipalities have signed off on the loan agreement, said Vinnie Santarel of the sewage authority. Everson was the last.

Borough solicitor Mark Rowan said he received revisions to the agreement hours before the meeting. He said some small changes and protective language were added to the papers, which were signed and will be sent on Tuesday to Lisa Chiesa, who is working with bond counsel Clark Hill Thorp Reed.

Based on the number of customers in Everson, the borough would be held responsible for $1,367,430 if the authority defaulted on the loan.

Councilman George Sherbondy reported on the free lunch program at Centennial Park, provided through the Southmoreland School District.

He said it brought in an average of 35 children per day, Monday through Friday, and that it began in June and ended on Aug. 8.

Sherbondy said there was minor vandalism in the park and suggested to council that borough police increase patrols there.

In other business, council:

--Voted to look into pricing options to have a camera put in the sewer pipes to look for what might cause up to six 30-gallon tubs of large rocks and pieces of terra-cotta to come out of a siphon in the borough.

--Voted to purchase materials for construction of two picnic tables for Centennial Park at a cost not exceeding $200.

--Heard Everson Mayor Joseph Dugger caution parents to keep an eye on their children when school begins next week, after hearing about a recent attempted child luring in Scottdale.

--Announced that burning is prohibited within the borough.

--Announced the Everson Bridge project should be opened to vehicle traffic on Aug. 25.

--Noted the next council work session will be held at 6:30 p.m.Sept. 2 and the council meeting at 6:30 p.m.Sept. 15.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or


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