The Cumru Township Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program on Monday, March 2, 2015, from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the municipal office building, 1775 Welsh Road, Mohnton PA, 19540. This meeting will take place prior to the regular March 2, 2015, Planning Commission meeting in the same location, scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm.
As has been widely reported, the City of Reading wastewater treatment plant at Fritz Island is mandated to perform certain upgrades.Some of those upgrades have already begun.Cumru Township sends 98% of its sanitary sewer effluent to Fritz Island.Sewer customers in all of the municipalities sending sewer effluent to Fritz Island, including Cumru Township, are responsible for a portion of the cost of these upgrades.Certain additional charges from the City of Reading will begin to increase over the next few years.Cumru Township’s only source of income to pay these costs is the quarterly fee charged to its sewer customers.
Rather than imposing a sudden, steep increase in the sewer rate, Cumru Township endorsed a strategy in 2012 of gradually raising the sewer rate to pay for the estimated cost of Fritz Island upgrades and other charges by the City of Reading.Several municipalities have adopted this strategy, with a rate increase projected to be between 8% and 8.25% annually for 9 years.Each year, a certain amount of the sewer fund balance is designated for payment of the City charges described above.The sewer rate is reviewed each year as part of the annual budget preparation.This strategy was discussed at public meetings in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
The 2015 sewer rate increase will be 8.1% (rounded).A metered account will pay $110.00 for a minimum charge on the first 7,500 gallons of water consumption and an unmetered (well) account will pay a flat rate of $153.00 per equivalent dwelling unit, or EDU.
The Municipal Authority of Cumru, the advisory committee on sewer matters to the Board of Commissioners, is recommending a project in 2015 to meter the wells of those sanitary sewer customers with on lot water.After metering, those customers will be billed in the same way as customers on public water and many may experience a reduction in their sewer bills.More information on this project will be forthcoming as specifications are developed.
Please see the latest Newsletter from the Board of Commissioners.
The Cumru Township Police Department has partnered with Project ChildSafe, a nationwide firearms safety education program, to distribute firearms safety kits, which include a free gun lock, to our residents. Project ChildSafe, a program developed by the National Shooting sports Foundation (NSSF), has distributed more than 36 million firearms safety kits throughout the nation since 2003. To receive a free kit or for more information, stop in at the Police Department's office, 1775 Welsh Rd., during regular business hours, or call Sgt. Thomas Pinkasavage at (610)777-9595.
Park N' Fun Finder
Please check out our new Governor Mifflin Area Park N' Fun Finder Website. It is the only place you need visit to get detailed information of every park, facility, program and event in the greater Governor Mifflin area.
Includes public and private recreation providers throughout the Governor Mifflin School District, Cumru Township, Brecknock Township, Shillington Borough, Kenhorst Borough, and Mohnton Borough.
Interested in serving your community?
We currently have vacancies on the Park and Recreation Board, if interested please contact us at (610)777-1343 for more information.
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