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Those utilizing White Township’s new Fulton Run sanitary sewer connection will have to pay $60 a month, billed monthly rather than quarterly as is the case for other customers of White Township Municipal Authority.

The White Township board of supervisors approved that rate at its Wednesday night meeting.

As approved in May by the White Township Planning Commission, it is a $400,000 project with an eventual capacity to handle 25 equivalent dwelling units, though not at first.

The township’s aim is to eliminate malfunctioning on-lot sewage systems. WTMA provided $100,000 toward the project, matching $100,000 in state funding and $200,000 from federal Community Development Block Grants.

Supervisor Eugene Gemmell moved to authorize that rate, which the board called close to what rates are charged for sewer service in outlying communities, Supervisor Steven Kelly seconded the motion and it passed 5-0.

The board also unanimously approved a right-of-way easement for the Fulton Run sewer line. The township purchased a dilapidated house, demolished it as a dangerous structure, then sold the property to WTMA for $1.

The township board also accepted a deed of dedication for a stormwater retention pond adjacent to Crystal Drive in the Sterling Hills development. It will be the largest of five such ponds and will drain 40 acres.

McCauley moved to authorize township Manager Milt Lady to sign that deed, Kelly seconded the motion and it passed 5-0.

In other business the board approved a quit-claim deed for Ottelia Associates.

Township Assistant Manager Chris Anderson said the developer was getting back a 50-foot-wide, 100-to-200-foot long paper street not improved along with a longer adjacent roadway.

Lady told the board that paperwork, including a certificate of insurance, as well as performance and payment bonds, almost are complete for the traffic signal that will allow left turns from Indian Springs Road to Warren Road.

Last month the board approved the $154,005 bid of Power Contracting Company of Carnegie, Allegheny County, for the contract. The work is funded by a state Green Light-Go grant as well as a township match.

Lady also reported that salt contracts have been approved for the next two years. The township manager said it is an effort to keep rising salt prices in check.

The township paid just over $58 a ton last winter. For the next two years the price will be up 30 percent to $74.54 a ton. Given that White Township normally buys 2,000 tons a year, Lady anticipates paying $35,000 more each year.

McCauley reminded her colleagues and township residents of the upcoming census, saying it is “so important” both in terms of representation on the federal level and grants the township may seek in the future.

Anderson said the U.S. Bureau of the Census is “in dire need” of people to work with the census.

Recruiter Norm Stout recently told The Indiana Gazette that 800 employees are needed in Indiana County alone.

“We start at 13 to 18 dollars an hour,” Stout said. “Every county has a different pay rate. Westmoreland County needs 2,200.”

At an April briefing in Washington, D.C., the bureau emphasized a need for “innovative, collaborative partnerships to ensure a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States.”

More details are available at https://2020census. gov/en/jobs.

Board Chairman George Lenz said the Ramada by Wyndham at 1395 Wayne Ave. will host one of a series of regional fall forums being held by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. PSATS plans seven such forums, beginning Sept. 23 and 24 at the White Township hotel and continuing through November at locations in Union, Washington, Crawford, Adams, Monroe and Chester counties.

More details can be found at www.fallforum.psats.org.