ATLAS - Mount Carmel Township supervisors passed an ordinance Wednesday that will give them another tool in collecting delinquent sewer fees.

The ordinance, passed 2-0, establishes a 10 percent collection fee above the 10 percent penalty for delinquency.

Supervisor Joseph Zanella complimented Code Enforcement Officer Don Geary for his work.

"It's very commendable," he said. "People just try to get away with things."

Geary said the Mount Carmel Municipal Authority sends delinquent bills to the township, which the township pays and then attempts to collect from the customer.

Anytime a customer ignores a warning three times, Geary has the authority now to collect an additional 10 percent.

He said there were approximately $14,000 in unpaid bills in December. While 53 of the 54 bills making up that total were recovered by March, the person who did not pay had water service shut off.

In other business, Zanella and fellow Supervisor Charles Gasperetti:

- Approved an annual contribution of $549 to the Lower Anthracite Transportation System (LATS).

- Approved advertising for a part-time employee on an "as-needed" basis.

- Announced that a representative of U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-11) will be in the municipal meeting room for community outreach from 10 a.m. until noon Tuesday, June 11.