Editor's Note: It seems that Hilltown is not the only township that has disagreements about public sewer delivery.
Supervisors approve sewer accord that settles lawsuit
A divided board of supervisors early Wednesday approved settling a lawsuit with the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority, in a vote held after hours of acrimonious debate.
With a few amendments, the 3-2 decision came about 2:10 a.m. and could end a fight that has raged since April.
The agreement would establish a Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority district that includes the stretch between routes 413 and 611.
Three developments calling for site-specific plants would be placed onto authority lines, while future tie-ins would be set for failing septic systems and future industrial and residential development in the corridor.
The deal will be sent to the sewer authority, where it must be endorsed by its board. It would then head to Bucks County Court for approval by a judge.
On Wednesday, supporters touted the agreement, saying it will limit the sewer authority's scope in the future, while bailing the township out from site-specific treatment plants that have proven problematic.
They noted the authority claims all of Plumstead as its purview, with the suit alleging the township violated a 1978 agreement to stay out of the sewer business.
"We finally have a limit on the number of sewer connections that can be brought into the town," said Supervisor Vince Formica, who was joined by Stacey Mulholland and Chairman Frank Froio.
"This settles the size of the sewer district in Plumstead," he said. "Legally, it's done."
Opponents charged extended sewers remove a key check regulators have on future development.
They said the sewer lines may hurt the township's aquifer by pumping sewer water to plants outside Plumstead.
And they expressed unhappiness that the deal was agreed to without a study on the impact it might have on water.