Borough faces big engineering fees
OXFORD >> The borough could be facing $50,000 in engineering fees next year to prepare to meet MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) requirements.
Senior engineer Kurt Morey of SSM Group Inc., the borough’s contracted engineering firm, was at the Oct. 17 council meeting to outline the first steps that need to be taken before the 2018 MS4 Permit date is met.
The MS4 program — administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — addressing pollution issues is required of municipalities as they reach certain population levels. It requires public education and outreach, public involvement, discharge detection and elimination, storm water control on construction sites and after construction, and pollution prevention.
The borough has to prepare a plan of how they will meet those factors and produce a pollution reduction plan for reducing sediments in storm water by 10 percent over the five-year term of the permit. The first target date to have everything in line for the 2018 permit is August 2017.
Once the permit is approved, the borough will have to follow its plan to reduce pollution in some way. Possibilities could include removing impervious areas, stream water restoration projects, retrofitting detention basins or increased street sweeping.
“Whether we like it or not, it’s here and we have to do it,” Council President Ron Hershey said.
In other business, council voted to accept the resignation of Geoff Henry from the planning commission and the Oxford Area Recreation Authority effective Dec. 1.
Henry serves as chairman on both boards. His term would have continued until the end of 2017 on each board.
”After five plus years on both boards, I just thought it was time for me to move on. It had nothing to do with anything that is going on in the borough. The time is right in my life that I need to start scaling back on some of the extra things I’m doing,” Henry said. “I did enjoy the time with the recreation authority and the planning commission. I wish them both good fortune in the years to come.”
Although he is leaving these board positions, Henry remains in his position as Oxford’s Mayor, with his term expiring at the end of next year. “As of right now, my plan is not to run again. A lot can happen between now, and the filing day in February,” he said.