The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Northumberland County

February 13, 2013

11.9 million project cost jolts Point Township supervisor

NORTHUMBERLAND — A Point Township supervisor said Tuesday that he’s “very uncomfortable” with the latest news that the cost estimate of the sewer plant being built in Northumberland borough has risen to $11.9 million.

“We’re 50 percent on the hook for this project,” said Supervisor Montie Peters, chairman of the township’s sewer committee. “We’ve received news of the latest estimate. We asked for a seat at the table, but we were denied. It’s insane that we don’t have equity in decision making. We are not happy with the situation, and unless it is resolved, we might well eventually wind up in court.”

Meanwhile, he said during Tuesday’s township meeting, Point is proceeding with a sewage project of its own, intending to extend needed sewer lines to homes. Cost of that project will be about $5 million, Peters said.

Earlier in the meeting, Police Chief Joshua Vankirk warned residents to watch out for solicitors who might be con artists. “Just as you wouldn’t open your door to a utility man who didn’t have identification, solicitors in the township also need to have a license to operate,” he said.

He said that in recent months, he has seen solicitors from out of the area going from home to home knocking on doors. “So watch out for scam artists is all I’m saying,” Vankirk said.


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