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Sale of city pump stations open to negotiation

The Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority has confirmed it is planning a meeting with the city administration on the sale of pump stations that are in need of repair.

“The city gave us a proposal to give us pump stations (not all of them) and we are reviewing it,” said Michael Miller, authority executive director. “The details (on the nine pump stations) need to be sorted out.”

Three of them are vital to keep running because they expel effluent or treated wastewater for the authority, he said.

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana has proposed asking for $1 million he wants to put into the general fund to help with upcoming proposed budget costs.

“We want to make sure they are operating properly,” Miller said. “We are certainly interested in three of them used by the treatment plants.”

The authority does not have a current valuation on the plants.

Campana informed City Council’s finance committee this week of the impending negotiation meeting with the board.

A property acquisition may be subject to a closed-door meeting, according to solicitors for both entities.

Campana said the sale would benefit the city because it doesn’t have expertise or equipment to repair the stations.

Seven of them are owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, which built the dike, confirmed Adam Winder, general manager of city streets and parks department.

The pump stations prevent the flooding of the downtown and other locations in the city near the dike in heavy rain.

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