Thursday, April 11, 2013
Nearly 20 residents attended the Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority's meeting to voice their opposition to a plan they say would threaten local well water, wreak havoc on Hoy Park and cause permanent damage to the local ecology.
Lower Providence residents who turned out Thursday night to voice their opposition to the Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority's (LPVRSA) plan to locate a section of a major sewer line near their homes in the vicinity of Hoy Park were deeply disappointed when the authority's board of directors voted to move forward with their plans the current location, known as Arcola 1C. The plan was approved by the board with four of the six members voting in favor. Lower Providence's Fred Walker and Trappe's Paul Edwards voted against the plan. Prior to the vote, many of the residents spoke and implored the board to heed their requests to relocate the proposed sewer line to the Upper Providence side of Perkiomen Creek. Several residents …
The Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority meets tonight at 6 p.m. and the middle interceptor issue is expected to take center stage once again.
The Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority (LPVRSA) hosts their regularly scheduled meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at 101 Station Avenue in Oaks and quite a few area residents are expected to attend. At issue is the debate over LPVRSA's plans to locate a section of sewer line (known as the middle interceptor) on the Lower Providence side of Perkiomen Creek along Arcola Road. Groups of residents from both the Lower Providence and Upper Providence sides of the creek disagree on the best location for the line, each maintaining that the other side is optimal. At the top if the agenda for the meeting is an update on the Act 537 Plan, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)-mandated study of the region's sewer needs. Learn more …
Friday, January 11, 2013
The rising rates reflect an increase from the Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority.
Skippack sewer rates will increase roughly $8 per household in 2013, according to the Times Herald. Township Manager Ted Locker said that the average resident will pay between $93 and $95 for sewer service in 2013 – an increase that reflects raising rates from the Lower Periomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority (LPVRSA). Locker said that the township would absorb 20 percent of the LPVRSA increase, and 80 percent of the increase would be passed on to homeowners. The rate increase will be reflected in home owners' April bill – the bills for the fourth quarter of 2012 with previous rates are currently being mailed to customers. For more on this story, visit Brad Schlegel’s article here.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Upper Providence supervisors support Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Authority's efforts to comply with DEP requests without causing any additional financial burden on ratepayers.
Multiple reports have been published regarding the Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority (LPVRSA)'s middle interceptor plan, which has become a source of contention between Lower Providence Township and many of the Perkiomen Valley townships in the LPVRSA - Perkiomen and Skippack Townships, and Collegeville and Trappe Boroughs. Upper Providence Township, not technically situated in the Perkiomen Valley, is home to the LPVRSA treatment plant in Oaks. Upper Providence Supervisors John Peason, Phil Barker and Lisa Mossie released the following statement: "The construction of the middle interceptor by the Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer (“LPVRSA”) authority is an issue that directly impacts Upper Providence Township and its …
Friday, October 19, 2012
A Lower Providence resident presented at the Oct. 18 Board of Supervisors meeting an historical review of the opposition to a proposed Middle Interceptor location.
A lot of applause can be generated with over 50 people in a room. This was the case at the Oct. 18 Lower Providence Board of Supervisors meeting, during which a Lower Providence resident gave an impassioned and comprehensive presentation on the contentious history between the Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority (LPVRSA) and residents of Lower Providence over a sewer interceptor project. The contention revolves around the final segment of a nine-mile sewer interceptor project, specifically a stretch of line that would run along the banks of the Perkiomen Creek on the Lower Providence side. The entire project is known as the Act 537 plan. The residents oppose the Middle Interceptor segment of the project, becuase it would follow …
Friday, October 12, 2012
The Lower Providence Sewer Authority discussed the expected LPVRSA rate increase and recent accusations by neighboring municipalities over the Township’s opposition to a proposed Middle Interceptor.
The Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority (LPVRSA) is expected to pass a rate increase of $10 per year. Robert Tschoepe, treasurer of the Lower Providence Sewer Authority board, explained at the Oct. 10 board meeting that the LPVRSA increase would require the township’s approximately 11,000 EDU (Equivalent Dwelling Unit) customers to pay roughly $125,000. He said that the amount would be an approximate increase of $2.50 per customer, or $74.50 total. Tschoepe further explained that this amount would only satisfy the LPVRSA increase, and the Lower Providence Sewer Authority may have additional increases in order to cover its debt service bond-issued payments in the coming years. “There’s nothing being built,” Tschoepe said, …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Perkiomen Township, Collegeville and Trappe Boroughs are sending letters to rate payers explaining a sewer rate increase, citing Lower Providence as the cause.
Perkiomen Township and Collegeville Borough announced at their monthly meetings that sewer rates will be going up due to a lawsuit between the Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority (LPVRSA) and Lower Providence Township. "The reason we're sending this [letter explaining a rate increase] out is that we had to build a new interceptor, and a small group of residents is holding it up with law suits, and Lower Providence is backing them," said Arnold Mann, Collegeville Borough Vice Chairman at the council's monthly meeting. "The rates are going up because of the lawsuits, and the fact that Lower Providence has not paid their bills to the [LPVRSA], they have put it in a trust - we need to raise our rates to keep the sewer plant …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority sent a letter to ratepayers, responding to resident concerns over middle interceptor.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Lower Providence Township Manager Richard Gestrich said that the alternative Arcola Road Sewer Pump Station needs a hard-facts cost analysis, before dismissing.
As previously reported by Patch, Perkiomen Township reversed its decision to support hiring an independent engineer, who would have worked on a Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority (LPVRSA) interceptor construction project. The project will serve as a new wastewater treatment line for LPVRSA members, which include the townships of Lower Providence, Perkiomen, Skippack and Upper Providence, as well as Collegeville and Trappe boroughs. The portion of the project concerning Lower Providence runs along the Perkiomen Creek, by Arcola Road, near Hoy Park. According to the Patch report, this section of the project has become a contentious issue among the LPVRSA members, as Lower Providence officials and some residents would rather not…
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Cites issues between sewer authority and Lower Providence Township, potential $10 million interceptor
The Perkiomen Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to reverse its position asking the Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority (LPVRSA) to hire an independent engineer to complete an updated Act 537 Plan regarding a new sewer interceptor. The August 7 vote comes on the heels of the LPVRSA reversing its own vote on the issue, opting to keep its in-house engineer for the project. “The reason for that is, quite bluntly, Lower Providence has been a thorn in everybody’s side in this process,” said Perkiomen Township Supervisor Richard Kratz, who represents the township to the LPVRSA. The new interceptor along the Perkiomen Creek at Arcola Road near Hoy Park in Lower Providence Township has been a hot-button issue for the …