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Nuangola sewer authority hears of possible Milnes settlement

April 23. 2013 11:47PM
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NUANGOLA — The sewer authority was told Monday night that a possible settlement may be in the works in a long-standing financial dispute involving Milnes Engineering of Tunkhannock and the authority.

Authority Solicitor Robert Gonos said a proposal to resolve a $19,000 debt has been negotiated with Jamie Mangan of Wilkes-Barre, counsel for Milnes. Gonos said the proposal has been submitted to borough Solicitor Jack Dean for official consideration.

At issue is the alleged retention of Milnes in 2005 to develop Nuangola’s original Act 537 waste plan. According to comment at the meeting, the plan was never accepted or implemented by council. Milnes filed a civil suit seeking compensation for its work.

Gonos said he was asked to mediate a deal rather than have the matter go through an expensive court proceeding. He said that based on his conversations with Mangan, “we have a good proposed settlement.”

All that’s left, Gonos said, is for council and Milnes to concur.

In other discussion:

* The authority unanimously accepted an 2012 audit report submitted by Lawrence, Cable and Co. The report included recommendations with regard to oversight and internal controls of duties with accompanying checks and balances. The audit cost the authority $4,775.

* Chairman Ray Shirk reported that under revised schedules, sewer installation work on the west side of the lake is to be completed by Aug. 15 and for the balance of the borough area by Sept. 15.

* The audit report confirmed the authority also has an outstanding debt of $75,266, which is due borough council.

* The authority voted unanimously to establish a May 31 cutoff date for residents seeking to be included in the homeowner tap-in fee payment plan.

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