WEIGH SCALES - Construction on the new $30 million-plus Shamokin-Coal Township Joint Municipal Authority plant is 65 to 70 percent complete and is scheduled to be finished next June.

Engineer Eric McCracken informed authority members Wednesday night at their monthly meeting that work is continuing to progress at the plant. Michael F. Ronca & Sons Inc. is the general contractor for the project.

McCracken said authority employees have been busy with several projects in Shamokin and Coal Township, including replacing laterals and installing new generators at pump stations.

In a related matter, authority members Phil Zalar (chairman), Edward Christiano, Michael Carpenter, David Kopitsky Jr., Joseph Wightman and Darwin Tobias approved a resolution read by solicitor James Zurick that dedicates $881,987.81 from a 2006 bond indenture toward capital projects by the end of the year.

Authority members also approved a $3,365.91 change order from Michael F. Ronca & Sons Inc. for additional costs to relocate an existing force main.

Plant general manager Paul Petrovich updated the board on water terminations for the year.

He said 418 accounts have been filed for termination and $20,900 in fees have been paid. Petrovich said 320 accounts have been paid in full, totaling $114,147.57. Eighty-seven accounts have been terminated and six accounts cannot be located by Aqua Pennsylvania.

At the beginning of the 30-minute meeting, Ryan Hottenstein, a financial adviser with Financial Solutions, Reading, updated authority members on interest rate savings for refinancing previous bonds.