Council to review stormwater transfer to sanitary authority

City Council is expected tonight to review an agreement to transfer stormwater systems to the Williamsport Sanitary Authority.

The proposed agreement has been in the making for three years and removes $675,000 the city administration wanted to have reimbursed to help pay for a line of credit.

The reimbursement was not able to be calculated accurately and caused difficulty in getting this agreement to the table, according to Councilwoman Bonnie Katz, chairwoman of council’s public works committee that gave the document a positive recommendation to be voted on tonight.

The administration was notified ahead of time about the removal of the cash request.

“We anticipated the money getting removed after reading a Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority story several weeks ago,” said Mayor Gabriel J. Campana.

However, it does make a line of credit pay off more difficult.

The city spent the money to separate stormwater and sanitary lines beneath Church and William streets, according to William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director.

“It makes it that much hard to pay off a city line of credit,” Nichols said. Without the reimbursement, he said, the city will need to find other means to pay for the work and debt incurred in a line of credit.

Engineering drawings were presented to the authority by Kimball Architects before the decision was made, Nichols said.

The amount is a little more than 0.75 mills of city real estate tax. One mill is equal to $880,000.

The authority also does not want the city’s outdated equipment, Katz said. “These were the two items that were causing delay,” she said.

Other activities on the council agenda include:

• Reviewing the insurance broker requests for proposals with Jill Nagy, city insurance consultant.

• Hearing a presentation on the Williamsport Government Study Commission.