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Londonderry Township residents facing sewer fines that could reach into thousands of dollars

By David Barr davidbarr@pressandjournal.com
Posted 7/11/17

More than two dozen properties in the Londonderry Township face penalties if they don’t comply with township ordinances regarding sewer management.

Several properties in the northeast part …

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Londonderry Township residents facing sewer fines that could reach into thousands of dollars

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More than two dozen properties in the Londonderry Township face penalties if they don’t comply with township ordinances regarding sewer management.

Several properties in the northeast part of the township have not responded to a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection-mandated inspection/pumping of the sewage system. According to Jeff Burkhart, the township codes and zoning officer, notifications have been placed on the doorknobs of those residents.

“They have had multiple notices, at least four or maybe five notices, since January 2016 that these were things needing done,” Burkhart said. “We are now in a position that by our ordinance, we could actually send out a citation.”

According to the township’s ordinances, pumping and inspection for the area where the two dozen properties are located was to be held between June 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

“Every OLSDS in the Township shall be inspected and every treatment tank or cesspool associated with every OLSDS (on-lot sewage disposal system) shall be pumped at least one time.”

Once the initial pumping and inspection occurred, the treatment tanks or cesspools in an OLSDS are to be pumped out at a minimal interval of once every four years after the initial or latest pumping.

During the pumping, there is to be someone there to report on the condition of the OLSDS and give it to the township. However, some of these reports have not been given to the township yet. Until those come in, the township won’t know which properties are in violation.

Sometime between Monday, July 10 and Friday, July 15, the fines will be issued to the properties in violation. These fines are $300 daily and could be increased to $1,000. Those fines would come on top of the $25 it would take to report the results of the inspections necessary by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Officials are waiting until this week to see how many late reports come in before administering the fines.

Pesticide-free gardening

There will be a free pesticide-free gardening workshop held at the township office from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday July 15.

The workshop will cover the benefits of having a pesticide-free garden for both homeowners and the environment. The guest speaker will be Rodale Institute.

The first 20 registrants will receive a Yarrow plant. Yarrow is native to the area and is a natural insect repellent. The first 20 registrants will also be given a 32-ounce bottle of Bobbex spray, a natural spray effective in repelling deer.

Those interested have until Thursday, July 13, to register. Register by contacting Tyler Erb, Londonderry’s MS4/environmental specialist, via email at terb@londonderrypa.org or by phone at 717-944-1803.

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