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South Side, DuBoistown face stormwater fees

South Williamsport and DuBoistown property owners will see new fees for stormwater runoff in the coming year.

The Stormwater Management Program is part of a cooperative plan involving the two boroughs and Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority.

LCWSA Executive Director Christine Weigle presented the plan to the authority board at its meeting this week.

She noted that Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements challenge communities to reduce pollutant discharges as part of the Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan.

The mandates and burdens placed on communities, she added, “aren’t going to get less.”

Overall, the state is not meeting its goals to reduce discharges.

The goal is to reduce pollutant discharges by 10 percent over the next three to four years.

“It’s a running freight train,” she said. “The clock is ticking.”

Property owners can be expected to pay the assessed fees based on a formula that considers stormwater runoff per parcel.

Weigle noted properties that normally are tax-exempt would also be assessed the fee, which is expected to be implemented by next summer.

In other matters, the board discussed the possibility of refinancing a bond issue for the Montoursville Regional Sewer System.

It was noted that savings of about $180,000 could be realized at this time.

Also at the meeting, the board agreed to sell a 2008 GMC Sierra Truck.

The board met in executive session prior to and following the regular meeting to consider legal and personnel matters.

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