Council looks at possible transfer of stormwater system

City Council’s schedule indicates it may look at possibly transferring the stormwater management assets over to the Williamsport Sanitary Authority tonight, despite Mayor Gabriel J. Campana calling for a new deal.

Campana said he wants to sell to the authority items such as a materials vacuum truck used by the city Streets and Parks Department as well as the pipes, drains and recuperate the amount of money the city spent to install infrastructure beneath William and Church streets rather than turning the assets over for $1, as is proposed in the current agreement.

That has put Councilman Clifford “Skip” Smith in direct opposition with the mayor because Smith said the authority has a memorandum of understanding with the city and the experience, money and ability the city doesn’t have to accomplish the task of repairing stormwater management systems.

Along with that, council may decide to approve a resolution that the city concurs with the declaration of taking filed by the authority and permits its taking of the city’s interest in its stormwater management system.

The purpose is for the authority to begin to make repairs of the aged system to comply with regulations from the state Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Council also plans to vote on a second reading of an ordinance to allow the administration to pursue a general obligation bond to redeem 2013 and 2014 bonds. The new bond, which is more than $21 million, is at lower interest and does not impact the general fund or taxpayers in a negative fashion, according to Councilwoman Liz Miele, city finance committee chairwoman.