In compliance with the requirements of the Municipal Authorities Act of 1945, approved May 2, 1945 and pursuant to ordinances adopted by the Municipal Authorities of the Borough of Portage and Portage Township, the joint municipal authority established the “Portage Area Sewer Authority”. The Sewer Authority was established by Portage Borough and Portage Township on March 2, 1970 per ordinance 284 of 1970. The Sewer Authority has an existence of fifty years with a resolution (2-2001) 6/4/2001, extending an additional term of existence from March 2020 to March 2070.
The purpose of the Sewer Authority is for constructing and erecting a sewer system and sewage disposal plant and to undertake any and all functions performed by a sewer company.
The Sewer Authority consists of a six member board with three members from Portage Borough and three members from Portage Township. Each member serves a five year term.
- Don Squillario-Chairman
- Joseph Beyer-Vice Chairman
- Nancy Sherbine-Secretary
- Eric Gentile-Treasurer
- Donald Moore-Board Member
- Dino Scarton-Board Member
- Kelly Randall-Administrative Assistant
- Mark Stancovich-Superintendent
The Portage Area Sewer Authority Board meetings are held the third (3rd) Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom located at 606 Caldwell Avenue, Portage.
The Portage Area Sewer Authority is in the planning stages of a project that will provide public sewer service to the village of Puritan, Fiddlers Green, and Martindale. The homes in this area need sewer service provided to ensure the health and safety of the public and the environment by eliminating illegal sewer discharges from failing on-lot systems.
In addition to the work planned in Portage township, the Sewer Authority is planning on replacing over half of their system in Ward 3 of Portage Borough. The lines to be replaced in the Borough are well beyond their service life and are riddled with defects. Upon completion of the proposed project, flow to the Authority’s treatment plant will be reduced during wet weather which will help the plant run more efficiently.
The Sewer Authority is taking the steps to complete the planning required by funding agencies. In addition to low interst loans, the Sewer Authority is applying for a grant through the DCED PENNWORKS program.