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Attorneys still negotiating Hooversville water deal

April 24, 2019 GMT

While the Conemaugh Township Municipal Authority waits for a three-way agreement to be made final, officials are preparing to expand a water line to account for Hooversville Borough customers.

Authority solicitor Pat Svonavec told officials Monday that he has been in contact with Hooversville solicitor Jeffrey Miller about what needs to be done to get a new agreement finished with the borough, bringing them Quemahoning Reservoir water.

“(Solicitor) Michael Barbera is making some changes for the Somerset County General Authority,” he said.

“So as soon as I see his changes, if I feel we need any additional modifications . . . I will bring those to your attention.”

Svonavec and Barbera are part of the same Somerset law firm, Barbera Law.

Under the proposed deal, the general authority would sell water to the borough through the municipal authority’s water lines.

During a general authority meeting April 11, Barbera told members that he would continue drafting a new agreement after meeting with Miller.

“I reminded him that I think we are just in kind of a holding pattern to see how . . . their funding for the project panned out,” Barbera said at the general authority meeting.

Under the current draft, the township would charge the borough 50 cents per 1,000 gallons of water, and the general authority would charge the borough $2.79 per thousand. According to county officials, most municipalities using the general authority’s line are charged $2.76 per 1,000 gallons.

The municipal authority is planning to replace a 4-inch line with an 8-inch line along Route 403 near Hollsopple. The project is estimated to cost $266,000. The upgrade is expected to help add new customers to the line, including those in Hooversville.

Authority officials have already secured the funding for the project.

Township supervisors Chairman Mark Blasko said Monday that the authority needs to do the work before the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation repaves the roads over the line in 2020.

Officials are hoping to have engineers from The EADS Group bid out the project sometime in May.