- In 2005 Franklin Park Borough and McCandless Township
Sanitary Authority (MTSA) evaluated the feasibility of transferring the
ownership, operation and maintenance of Bear and Lowries Run
sanitary lines to MTSA. An in-depth study regarding this
issue concluded that customers of both systems would benefit
if the lines were transferred.
A related finding in the
study concluded that smaller entities would not be able to
maintain a competitive rate structure under the new
regulatory environment. Rather than raising rates in
response to a burgeoning problem, the Borough and MTSA
attempted to address the problem through a creative
Borough held a public meeting on February 9, 2006 to receive
public comments. Those in attendance and comments received
from other sources suggested there was no opposition to the
transfer. At the meeting residents in attendance made
several suggestions that Council and Mayor considered
The official date of the transfer was July 1, 2006. To keep your fees to a minimum, the assets were
transferred at no cost.
Under the current arrangement the Borough is
responsible to pay for all outstanding debt. The Borough
receives the difference between the Borough and MTSA's rate
6-30-06. It is estimated that all bonds and debts will be
repaid by 2016 and the current arrangement will expire on
12-31-2016. At that time, fees will be rolled back to the
rates paid by all other MTSA customers.
It is important for each customer to realize under
the transfer agreement MTSA has assumed all responsibility
previously assigned to
under the Federal Consent Order. Therefore, the Authority is
required to test all sanitary lines in Bear Run and Lowries Run.
This work has already begun. Customers will be required to
repair any deficiency discovered during this testing or that
may otherwise exist on their property.
No Lien Letters
A no lien letter must be obtained
before a property is sold or refinanced within
Franklin Park Borough. This letter verifies
that there are no municipal liens filed against
the property. It further indicates if there are any
outstanding Sewer Charges/Taps or Real Estate Taxes that
need to be
satisfied. Finally, the no lien letter also verifies that a dye test has
been conducted and that the property has passed the test.
The fee for the lien letter is
$20.00 and a written request must be submitted
to the Borough Office at least two weeks prior to the
closing. The letter must indicate the current
property owner and address, closing date, and whether the
property is being refinanced or sold. Please make sure a stamped
envelope is enclosed for prompt return.
Please feel free to call Donna Spohn at
412/364-4115 Ext. 301 with any questions you
may have regarding these procedures.
Beginning July 1,
2007 all functions of the dye testing program have been
transferred to McCandless Township Sanitary Authority (MTSA).
This change took place in an effort to more seamlessly serve
our residents. It was also amended to comply with increasing
regulatory requirements and the Allegheny County Health
Department administrative consent order.
If you are selling
your property in Franklin Park Borough and have public sewer
service to your home, it is your responsibility to make
application at least 14 days prior to the date of sale.
Contact: MTSA, 418 Arcadia Drive, Pgh, PA 15237
(412)366-2700. Through your application process the actual dye test will
be the responsibility of MTSA, you will no longer have to
contract a plumber to perform these functions. Upon
successful completion of the testing procedures, you will be
given an approved dye test report from MTSA. We will be
notified of the dye test results by MTSA.
In an effort to
simplify this certification procedure, MTSA has posted the
application for dye test certification on their website
which is located at:
3 Rivers Wet Weather Demonstration
municipalities, including Franklin Park, will
soon be facing enforcement action to begin
addressing the wet weather sewage overflow
problem throughout the region. Sewage overflows
have long plagued the Pittsburgh area; during
wet weather (when it rains or snows melts),
extra water gets into the deteriorated sewage
system and overflows into the waterways or
backs up in residents' basements without ever
reaching the treatment plant at ALCOSAN.
Online Resource Regarding the Wet
Weather Sewage Overflow Issue
It can be a confusing issue, but now there's a
comprehensive online resource for learning more about wet
weather sewage overflows:
This website clearly explains the wet
weather overflow issue and role of each
municipality and individual in working toward a
solution to the problem. Some of the highlights
you will find include:
- An animated presentation (on the home
page) that clearly explains the wet weather
issue using simple terminology and
- A special section devoted to homeowners
that explains how your home is connected to
the sewer system, how the sewer system
operates and how you can help to solve the
- Updates on the progress of municipal
- Downloadable educational materials.
- Updates on wet weather legislation and
- Information on the progress of the
Northern Basin Group of which is a
- Links to dozens of wet weather-related
web sites and municipal web sites.