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Saturday, June 23, 2018

North Catty couple seeks reimbursement from council

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in Local News

A sewer blockage on Howertown Road left one North Catasauqua couple with some damaged goods and a hefty invoice.

Robert and Barbara Shipe attended the March 19 borough council meeting with hopes of seeking reimbursement for ServiceMaster charges that totaled $1,090.07. Water entered the couple’s basement through a floor drain after the sewer line at Howertown Road and Seventh Street became clogged.

Robert Shipe said the couple lost a couple of rugs, including a 10-by-16-foot area rug.

Solicitor Steve Goudsouzian informed the Shipes that while the borough has empathy for their situation, council is not responsible for any reimbursements.

“It may or may not be fair and it may or may not be right, but these things unfortunately happen,” Goudsouzian said. “And whether it’s the county or the borough or the city or whomever, they are not responsible for it.”

When the line was flushed, Travis Brett, from the borough’s Public Works Department, said a “basketball-sized grease ball” was pulled from the sewer. Borough secretary Nancy Knecht said that code inspectors were planning to meet with the Blue Monkey Sports Bar & Restaurant representatives to ensure that their grease traps are functioning properly.

Sewer lines in the borough are typically flushed twice a year. Following this incident, Brett said public works will ensure that the line along Howertown Road gets flushed once a month to prevent future blockages.

In other news, the borough has tentatively established dates for some of its popular summer events.

The WE SING community yard sale is scheduled for June 9 with a rain date of June 23.

The North Catasauqua Betterment Committee’s annual carnival is scheduled for June 13-16 at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park.

The borough has tentatively scheduled its annual electronic recycling event for July 28.