SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove should be represented at future meetings of the Pottstown Borough Water Authority (PBWA), particularly if the authority becomes a self-governing organization, a Sanatoga resident urged the township Board of Commissioners last week (Monday, Dec. 1, 2008).
The township and other municipalities surrounding Pottstown buy public water from the authority, noted P.J. McGill, 953 Rivendell Ln. He contended the township should have a voice in, or at least be in attendance at, decisions being made by its vendor. McGill distributed a two-page letter to commissioners commenting on what he perceived as a need to pay greater attention to PBWA activities.
Boad members generally agreed having a representative attend PBWA meetings could be a good idea, but took McGill’s suggestion under advisement without official action.
The PBWA voted in September to transfer to itself responsibility for administration of Pottstown’s water and sewer systems. That work currently is done by borough management, but a change was recommended by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), according to The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper.
The move doesn’t sit well with McGill. “Once the (PBWA) becomes self-controlling, our collective Golden Goose will be cooked,” he wrote to the commissioners.
The PBWA also is considering eliminating the addition of fluoride to its water supply as a cost-saving measure. As of Nov. 20, The Mercury reported, the authority faced a $524,000 deficit in its proposed 2009 budget. The somewhat controversial removal of fluoride, a chemical intended to help protect teeth from cavities, would save $32,000.
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