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Plenty of Questions Asked at the Stormwater Fee Open House

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(WBRE/WYOU-TV) People had a chance to spout off about the controversial stormwater runoff fee.  The Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority hosting an open house to field questions.  The fee has angered many people.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick spoke with those who went looking for answers.

   “Little by little us old timers are being pushed out of our house,” Said Raymond Kupris.

And we heard that over and over again Monday from folks who came to meet face to face with officials from the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority. The authority is overseeing the federally mandated stormwater runoff fee which raises money to pay for projects to keep our waterways clean. But many residents, like Raymond and Jean Kupris, say they got sticker shock when they received their bills.

  “Well, I feel like I’m being overcharged because I live in a double block because I happen to have two deeds I don’t think it’s fair,” Said Kupris.

 And that is a concern that can be handled here.

  “We do have a process to appeal their bill that is available on our website in the billing section, and yes they can come appeal that they can talk to our representatives about that today as well,” Explained Donna Gillis, WVSA Spokesperson.

 Many folks came here to find out how their money is being spent.

  “One is going to be a rain garden another is going to be a stream bank restoration. That is where some of the money is going to. There are going to be stormwater parks, you have catch basin cleaning, catch basin rebuilding, “Noted Jeff Colella, WVSA Storm Water Division Manager.

 All of these projects are aimed at reducing the amount of sediment entering streams, creeks, and the Susquehanna River.

 John Newman from Nanticoke says he understands the reason behind the fee. But is here to express another concern.

  “The danger that I fear is in this endeavor is that it is going to stifle the growth in Luzerne County.”

Officials at the -W-V-S-A say their website is a great source for information on the fee. And they tell me they will likely hold events like this open house in the weeks and months ahead.

LINK: Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority


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