Newtown Borough Council on Tuesday approved an Act 537 Plan that calls for the status quo when it comes to handling sewage in the future.
According to Council President Bob Walker, the plan calls for the borough to manage its sewage as it currently
does now, through the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority.
Borough officials explained the Act 537 Plan, which passed unanimously, does not call for a treatment plant as a solution to managing the borough’s sewage. However, officials stopped short of passing a separate resolution in clear opposition to a plant despite requests by several township residents who attended the meeting to voice concerns over a proposal floated by the Newtown Joint Municipal Authority.
The Authority's Board of Directors have said reopening the old plant off the Newtown Bypass may be the best option to deal with the area’s increasing sewage.
The site of the proposed plant, which is estimated to cost approximately $68 million, is located in Newtown Township. However, Newtown Borough and Newtown Township have equal representation on the Newtown Joint Municipal Authority.
Last month, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors took action to prevent a sewage treatment plant from being included in its Act 537 Plan, a document required by the state.
Despite that action, residents say the proposal is not dead yet.
"IT’S NOT OVER! REGIONAL SEWER PLANT IN NEWTOWN!!! – (NBCJMA Lawyer says: “going ahead!”)," reads a flyer being distributed by residents who oppose the plant.