“Muffin Monster” – Coming to a Sewer Authority Near You

As reported by Michael Hays for : www.whatsthe422.com Jul 10th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

The latest in sewage treatment technology elicited quite a few laughs at Thursday’s Lower Perkiomen Valley Regional Sewer Authority meeting.

“Muffin grinder gets it on the name alone,” Board member Tim Moran said with a chuckle.

JWC Environmental’s “Muffin Monster” – a grinder for wastewater treatment plants – is receiving a look from the regional facility in Upper Providence. LPVRSA serves Trappe, Collegeville, Upper and Lower Providences, Skippack, and Perkiomen.

A trial run of the equipment will cost the sewer authority about $2,500, according to Engineer George Wrigley. The current system isn’t failing, he explained, but crews must “clean and clear” the grinders about three times a year.

Grinders break apart all matter that is flushed down the toilet. Solicitor Robert Brant pointed out that the current system probably wasn’t designed to handle “prisoners throwing rags (into toilets),” a reference to the state prison in Skippack.

Brant couldn’t conceal his amusement over the name “Muffin Monster.”

“I can see the headline now,” he said, turning to a reporter.

Board member Stu Strauss found no humor in Delta Development Group’s absence from Thursday’s meeting. The Harrisburg-area lobbying firm has an 18-month contract with LPVRSA worth $11,000 a month.

“I thought they were going to be here,” Strauss said.

An explanation for Delta’s absence wasn’t offered, but Chairman Robert Fieo said the authority will know this Tuesday whether the firm secured H20 grant dollars from Pennsylvania.

The board voted 4-1 to approve an $11,172.19 payment to Delta. Strauss dissented while Board member Edward Savitsky, of Perkiomen, missed this meeting.

Moran says the authority must honor its contracts no matter how some officials feel about Delta’s performance. “They’ve done nothing to say they shouldn’t be paid,” he said. “To this point, they’ve performed.”