Engineers make pitch for Mt. Jewett pact

MT. JEWETT – Uni-Tec Consulting Engineers of State College is seeking an agreement to provide engineering services to the borough of Mt. Jewett.According to a presentation made Monday at a meeting of the Mt. Jewett Borough Council, the company is ready to help the borough solve certain problems with its water service.Speaking at the meeting, Uni-Tec President Patrick Ward said the company would "provide good services" to help remedy a "very low water pressure condition on Maple Lane."Ward said the "only solution" is to install a small pump station.Ward said Uni-Tec also would be able to help the borough with a "high water pressure" problem. He said this issue is caused by the elevation change between the water plant in a valley east of the borough and the water storage tanks on High Street.Ward said Uni-Tec also would help the borough apply for grants to help pay for projects.He said the "key" for obtaining grants is to have the projects "shovel ready." He said this means the "projects must be designed and permits must be in hand to have a chance for this money."According to Ward, the borough should be able to obtain about $50,000 in "up-front additional funds" by refinancing its water department loans. He said Uni-Tec-- for a fee of $500-- would help the borough obtain proposals from banks.Ward said Uni-Tec also is ready to help the borough prepare applications for federal community-development "block grants" (CDBG).William Gaspari, an engineer with Uni-Tec, accompanied Ward to the meeting.Ward presented council with several documents to review. Council did not act Monday to approve an agreement with Uni-Tec.In other water-related business, council:*Voted 6-0 to eliminate a second tier for water billings.Now all customers will pay a quarterly "base fee" of $54-- plus $5.85 per 1,000 gallons of water used.Under the previous system, customers using more than 28,000 gallons of water per quarter paid $2.80 per 1,000 gallons of water over the 28,000-gallon mark.See full article by purchasing the June 4 edition of The Kane Republican.Mt. JewettBorough CouncilWhen:  Monday, July 2Time:  7 p.m.Where: Borough Garage, Center Street