Good move to reduce layers, cost of government

The Woodward Township Board of Supervisors’ recent decision to dissolve the township sewer authority and take over management of the sanitary sewer system is a good decision.

Many would say its a “no brainer.”

Woodward Supervisor Kyle Coleman said the supervisors will liquidate authority assets and work to reduce sewer system operational costs so to return some savings back to ratepayers.

“This is for the better of many people,” he said at December’s township meeting.

We agree. A resolution to dissolve the agency was passed by unanimous vote by Coleman and Supervisors Wayne Love and John Barth.

Another advantage to the move is that township workers can work on the sewer lines when it makes sense, versus the authority always contracting out the work.

The township has the heavy equipment and a good amount of labor expertise.

It was just a few years ago when the sewer authority created a big to-do by buying a private home in Dunnstown and converting it to an office, thus taking the property and cute little ranch home off of the tax rolls.

So far as well can tell, part of the reasoning for that move had to do with opinions about system customers needing separation from the township when they came to pay bills, etc.

But perhaps that decision was more of a political one.

Keep in mind, sewer customers are the ones who paid to buy and renovate the private home into offices, thus adding cost.

Clearly, the current board of supervisors believes that was an unnecessary move.

Again, we agree.

To keep customers and stakeholders involved after the dissolution, the supervisors will consider forming a sewer committee as an advisory body.

Another good move.

It’s a good thing when layers of government are reduced.

We suggest other municipalities who have a board of supervisors or a borough council – but have a separate sewer authority — consider doing the same.

But we’ll go further: All of the many municipal sewer systems throughout Clinton County should consider forming a joint, regional sanitary sewer authority to properly share the financial burden among all customers.

That’s far overdue.