Sunbury Sewer Rate Study on the horizon:Current rate schedule expires in 2017

By Lenny C. Lepola -



The Village of Sunbury’s sanitary sewer rates were established by ordinance back in May of 2008. Those rates, with increases, were set through 2017.

During last Wednesday’s (Nov. 16) Sunbury Village Council meeting, Sunbury Consulting Engineer Wes Hall, said his firm CT Consultants had studied sanitary sewer needs and assisted in setting those 2008 rates for a $20,000 consulting fee.

Hall said CT Consultants still has the same staff members on board that studied the village sewer system and wastewater treatment plant in 2008, and could provide the same service to determine future rates at a reduced fee.

“This study would be in the $12,000 range because it’s a repeat process,” Hall said. “The study would provide the justification you need when you have a rate increase.”

Hall said a sewer rate study would be a six-to-eight week process.

Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield said with the end of the current sewer rate schedule on the horizon, the village would need to move forward with a sewer rate study as soon as possible.

“We would want to go through this process in a timely fashion,” Hatfield said. “We need to legislate new sewer rates before the old rates are up.”

In other business, council members approved a motion to pay Interior Systems LLC up to $8,000 to apply an exterior sealant to Sunbury Town Hall.

In the 1970’s, as the village prepared for the national bicentennial, Sunbury Town Hall was sandblasted, a process that removed the hard skin from the building’s exterior bricks. Because of that sandblasting the building has required periodic sealant applications.

“The bricks are wicking water, and the building needs sealed,” Hatfield said. “Water is getting into the plaster and lath.”

Hatfield said the temperature must be above 50 degrees to apply the two-coat masonry sealer, and remain above freezing for 24 hours following the application.

“The surface would be cleaned with water and a brush, and has a five-year warranty,” Hatfield said.

CertaPro Painters submitted a higher bid and a more complete project description. Council members approved the Interior Systems LLC bid contingent on a similar project description.

Council members also approved spending $13,000 for a Sunbury Police Department computer server and software upgrade. The department’s current vendor, Edge Technology, would complete the work.

Sunbury Police Chief Pat Bennett said his department has been working with Delaware County to get fiber optics into the building.

“That would give us free Internet if we pay the cost of build-out from the Medic 2 Station,” Bennett said.


By Lenny C. Lepola

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.