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Kane to hire company to handle sewer bills

June 5, 2012

Photo by Ted Lutz – This is part of the crowd for Tuesday's meeting of the Kane Borough Council at the borough building on Bayard Street. More than 20 residents attended the meeting. Many in the crowd are part of a citizens' group that formed when council acted to raise property taxes this year.

The borough of Kane plans to hire a private company to handle sewer bills.
Acting at its meeting Tuesday, the Kane Borough Council took preliminary action to appoint the Pennsylvania Municipal Service Company (PAMS) to issue and collect sewer bills.
The Pennsylvania American Water Company, which serves Kane with water, has been handling the sewer bills.
But the company later this year plans to end its role for billings other than for water for its entire service area, including Kane.
PAMS, based in Oakmont near Pittsburgh, was established in 1954 to handle all types of municipal billings.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Councilmen Harold Hallberg, Dennis Drost and John Gentilman to approve a proposed ordinance to hire PAMS. Councilman Bill Tunall did not attend the meeting.
In related action, council voted 6-0 to approve a proposed ordinance to also name PAMS as the collector of delinquent sewer bills.
According to the PAMS website, sewer customers will be able to pay their bills "on-line."
Details on the agreements with PAMS are being finalized.
Tony Alfieri, a Smethport attorney who serves as the borough solicitor, gave council advice on the wording of one agreement with PAMS. He believes council should have the right to "terminate" the agreement after giving a 90-day notice. He also believes the proposed three-year pact should not be subject to "automatic" renewal.
In other business, council:
*Gave final approval to an ordinance on parking spaces for handicapped persons.
Under the legislation, persons with a state-issued handicapped license plate are eligible for a reserved parking spot near their residence.
The initial application fee is $40. The annual renewal fee is $10.
Persons who illegally park in a spot reserved for the handicapped are subject to a fine of up to $300 or 90 days in jail.
Kane pointed out that persons with off-street parking would not qualify for a reserved parking spot on the street.
Ann Fullmer of Bayard Street told council that she plans to "eliminate" her driveway to qualify for a reserved on-street parking space for her husband, who is disabled.
*Approved changes in the membership format for seats on the Kane Borough Sewer Authority.
Council will appoint three Kane residents to the five-member board. The Wetmore Township Board of Supervisors will appoint one member from the township. Council will appoint the other member-- either a borough or township resident who lives within the sewer district.
Dave Peterson, chairman of the sewer board, explained the proposed change prior to the council vote.

See full article by purchasing the June 6 edition of The Kane Republican.

Kane Borough Council

When:  Monday, July 2

Time:   4 p.m.

Where:  Borough Building, Bayard Street

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