Survey: Water rates fall within average

During Monday night's regular Ridgway Borough Council meeting Environmental Manager Paul McCurdy reported that the water and sewer rates fall within the average for the state following the recent publishing of a water and sewer rate survey."The water and sewer rates survey was just published and it shows we are right in the average for our state," McCurdy said.In other business, the Source Water Protection Plan has been approved by the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection. McCurdy reported receiving a letter certifying the dam repairs and upgrades are completed and satisfactory to the state."We got letters of completion in from the state concerning the source water protection plan and for all of the work we did on the dam over the last several years," McCurdy said. "We got a letter from them saying it's fine and that they are happy with it."The Water and Sewer Committee has directed that the water line replacement project be reevaluated in light of potential grant money from the local impact fee for shale gas."The grant money will be administered through PennVest and H2O Pa. programs, McCurdy said. "Research into the grant programs show some 'deal-killing' criteria for Ridgway to meet to qualify for the grant."McCurdy reported meeting with an engineering firm to refine the details of the drawings."We are looking for grant funding for water line replacements," McCurdy said. "And it looks like that money will come from an existing H20 Pa. grant program and there are certain qualifiers there that we won't qualify for."McCurdy suggested obtaining a minimalist asset management program to earn more points to apply for the grant.The Ridgway Fire Department will publicly introduce their newest rig on Friday, April 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the gazebo along Main Street. The blessing of the E-RP will be held at 7 p.m. Cake and ice cream will be available at Central Station.Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, April 17, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.Next meetingRidgway Borough CouncilMonday, May 217 p.m.Borough Office