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City stormwater transfer status update offers few answers

A “workable” plan to manage stormwater in the city is near the final stages between the city and Williamsport Sanitary Authority.

On Wednesday, authority members asked about the status.

“City Council’s position is that the stormwater agreement was sent back to the authority for final approval,” Council President Randall J. Allison said.

Council is not tied to any particular model, rather it is most concerned about having a workable plan in place to address city stormwater issues in the timeframe that meets the government mandated multi-municipality stormwater requirements, Allison said.

“Failure to meet the set deadlines is unacceptable and could prove costly,” Allison said, adding the city looks forward to a speedy resolution to its stormwater management needs.

“Having said that, knowing that there has been a significant leadership change in the authority administration by a majority of the board I understand that there is now some confusion as well as possibly a plan to look at alternate funding,” Allison said.

A fee proposal surfaced in 2017 but has yet to be settled on. Two years ago, the proposed plan was to create a stormwater management fee that will be in consumers’ quarterly bills.

The proposal was for the average homeowner to be assessed about $17 per quarter for the stormwater fee. Nonprofits and businesses that have more stormwater runoff components on their properties will be assessed larger fees.

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said he would intervene to check on the agreement status.

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