The Times West Virginian

February 17, 2014

Monongah studies updates to sewer system

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Town of Monongah is concentrating on making updates to its sewer system.

During Monongah’s council meeting on Feb. 10, Tim Bosley of B&M Environmental discussed the state requirements for updating sewer systems to take care of infiltration and inflow, which is runoff water that gets into sewer lines and is not supposed to be there.

The state designates the actions that towns must take to get that infiltration and inflow out of their systems, Mayor Greg Vandetta said.

He explained that B&M Environmental oversees Monongah’s sewer systems, including checking the pumps and monitoring the activity. The town has a monthly agreement with the company.

Bosley gave Monongah some dates for when the infiltration and inflow must reach certain percentages. The town will advertise to find an engineering outfit to work on the project, Vandetta said.

Also during the recent meeting, Kristina Geiselhart from the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office gave a presentation on purchasing cards, or P-Cards.

Government entities across the state use P-Cards as credit cards to pay their bills and can earn rebate points based on their amount of spending. Any rebates go back into the user’s general fund, Vandetta said.

He said council will further discuss the possibility of setting up a P-Card for Monongah at the next meeting, on Feb. 24, and will vote on whether to move forward with the idea or not.

The auditor’s office recommends that towns begin the program slowly, and would help Monongah set up its P-Card and guide the town through the process and answer any questions.

If council approves getting a P-Card, Monongah would probably start using the card in the sewer department with the new fiscal year, which starts in July, and later add the town’s two other departments, Vandetta said.

In other news:

• Council recommended that the town get in touch with its attorney to talk about starting a beer tax. While Monongah already has a wine tax, it does not currently have a beer tax.

“It’s something that probably should have been started before but never was,” Vandetta said. “It’s just something to try to increase a little bit of revenue in the town.”

• Monongah is moving its payroll system from semi-monthly to bi-weekly, which will change the number of paychecks from 24 to 26 a year. Vandetta said this system should allow the town to more easily keep track of payroll and overtime.

• Vandetta thanked the town employees for working hard this winter to keep the streets and sidewalks clear during the inclement weather.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.