Borough to pay for installation of sewer valves

BURNHAM – Two Burnham Borough residents were at the Burnham Borough Council meeting to discuss the installation of and payment for a sewer valve in their basements.

Connie Reigle and Dick Smith both have had sewer water backing-up into their basements when there is a heavy rainfall. After the June council meeting, it was decided that a special valve would be put in on both of their lines to prevent this from happening. Supervisor Noah Wise said they have opted for a valve that will automatically stop anything from backing up when the pressure gets too high.

“Their other option was a manual valve that they would have to remember to close and open during heavy rains,” Wise said.

The cost will be $600 for each valve, but Reigle said the biggest question became who was going to bear the cost.

Council President Bob Soccio said, since the back-up is coming from the borough system, the borough should bear the cost of the valves. All of the council members agreed and, within the week, Riches Plumbing and Heating will install the valves.

The council also voted to accept the resignation of Council Member Jeff Plank. Plank said he can no longer serve on the borough council because he is no longer a resident of the borough. Soccio thanked Plank for his six years of service with the council.

In other business:

The council approved two deeds of dedication from the Mifflin County School District for storm water systems in the township and a traffic light. The council also waived the maintenance bond fees for the storm water systems.

Wise said the new waste water treatment plant is on track to have a start-up date at the end of August or early September

There is still an opening on the zoning hearing board for any resident who would like the position. If interested the resident should contact Borough Secretary Jyll Hayes at 248-2692 for more information.

The Burnham Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the borough building.