69 of 90 sewage equivalent dwelling units (EDUs) owned by Upper Saucon Township borough are now in the hands of Coopersburg Borough, ending a long-running dispute between the two municipalities.
"This dispute has been going on since 1986," said Upper Saucon Township manager Thomas Beil. According to borough manager Timothy Paashaus, this agreement has been "a long time coming".
The EDUs allow the township to develop more land withing the borough. In return, Coopersburg Borough will allow Upper Saucon increased sewer access, which the township needs to continue to develop.
Coopersburg Borough vice-president Dennis Balascak praised the collaborative efforts of Beil and Paashaus.
"Our manager has accomplished what our committee could not for several years," said Balascak, as he later thanked Paashaus for his "diligence".
Paashaus attributed the ease negotiating the agreement to Beil.
"Tom and I communicate well," said Paashaus. "With me being new here, it's helpful to work with someone as organized as him."