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Cumberland Franklin Joint Municipal Authority

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ATTENTION CUSTOMERS - UPDATE IN RELATION TO COVID-19

At Cumberland-Franklin Joint Municipal Authority, our focus continues to be the well-being of our employees, customers, and the community we serve.  As we continue to monitor developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to keep you informed with what we are doing during this time.

 

As a utility company, we are implementing plans to address various emergency situations, including incidents like pandemics and natural disasters.  At this time, we have RE-OPENED our office for WALK-IN CUSTOMERS.  We are open during regular working business hours and payments can be made in the following ways:

 

1.  Mailed through the postal service
2.  Delivered at our drive-up window & and Delivered in person in our lobby (Between 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday)
3.  Deposited in the night deposit box (Located beside drive-up window on building side closest to Napa Auto)
4.  Electronically through your bank or payment institution
5.  ACH/Direct Debit through CFJMA
(**Forms can be obtained at the office drive-up or downloaded under the "Rates/Fees" tab on this site)
6.  *Using credit or debit card (See "Home" or "Rates/Fees" for link to Online Bill Pay)
 

*Credit or debit card payments can be made in person at the drive-up window, online or over the phone.  A convenience fee of $3.00 per $100.00 is added when using this payment method.

We recognize that one of the most important pieces in all of this is that each of us take the proper precautions necessary to help prevent the spread of this virus, including simple things like washing our hands on a routine basis.  Our staff and employees are following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their Coronavirus Disease 2019 website, and we suggest you visit this site for additional, up-to-date information. 

 

No one can predict how this will continue to unfold and the impact it may have, but rest assured that CFJMA is here and ready to continue serving you.  As always, please feel free to contact us at 717.532.6949 with any questions or concerns you may have. 


OFFICE LOCATION:
204 W. King Street (Old Adams Electric Building across from Turkey Hill) 

CFJMA Monthly 2021 Board Meetings - 6:00 pm:

January 14           July 8
February 11          August 12
March 11              September 9
April 8                  October 14
May 13                 November 10
June 10                December 9




 
                        

Email billing available - To receive an emailed bill, simply submit your email address to the authority by using the line provided on the return portion of your bill.  Or, you can also call the office.  Once we receive your email address, we will send you a confirmation email that requires a reply.  Once we receive your reply, we will change you to a paperless billing.  You WILL NOT receive a bill in the mail if you choose this option.  Please be aware that you are responsible for prompt payment of the bill, and non-receipt of the bill is no excuse for non-payment or an extension past the due date to pay the bill.  **See the CFJMA resolution in the Rates/Fees section of our web site.

Water Services Act - CFJMA utilizes the Pennsylvania Water Services Act, 53 P.S. §§ 3102.101 et seq., to order the shut-off of water service to any property that becomes more than 30 days delinquent.  Pursuant to the Act, CFJMA has the right to order the shut-off “until all overdue rentals, rates, charges and associated penalties and interest are paid.”  Please be advised that we are very aggressive in collecting delinquent debt.

When any customer becomes 3 months delinquent by 30 days past due, CFJMA notifies the Shippensburg Borough Authority or the Guilford Water Authority to take appropriate steps in following procedure to shut off water service to your premises and water service will be terminated. Also, appropriate fees are added on the customer account for each step taken towards the shut-off.

Fees - Water Shut-Off procedure - (Not implemented during COVID)

$25.00 - Certified letter - 30 days after due date of bill
$75.00 - Water Services Act, 53 collection fee
$10.00 - Water Services Act, 53 collection fee (Vacancies and already shut off w/Borough)
$50.00 - Hand delivery of certified letter
$50.00 - Posting at property
$50.00 - Tenant notification / Posting

Cumberland Franklin Joint Municipal Authority receives $180,000 grant for Pumping Station Upgrade

Shippensburg On August 17, 2020, the Cumberland Franklin Joint Municipal Authority (CFJMA) received a notice of award of a $180,000 PA Small Water and Sewer grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The grant will be used to partially fund the CFJMA Pumping Station Upgrade project, aimed at enhancing the system’s efficiency, and preventing imminent failures.

Dwain Koser, CFJMA Manager, commented, “CFJMA has served the residents and businesses of the area for generations, but it has now come to a point where serious upgrades are necessary for improving efficiency and streamlining operations. Several of our pumping station electrical panels are twenty years past their lifespan and are in dire need of upgrades. With this funding from the CFA, we will be able to make the necessary improvements to our system to serve the next generation of residents.”

Authority Chairman John Knutelsky stated that, “Without strong advocates in Harrisburg, and Representatives Kauffman, Schemel, and Keller and Senator Mastriano, this project would not have come to fruition.  I thank them for their tireless advocacy and working together to bring this grant over the finish line.  Local authorities cannot shoulder these costs alone, and without grant funding, aging infrastructure would not be replaced or repaired.”

CFJMA is a regional authority that provides sewer service to portions of Franklin County and Cumberland County in southcentral Pennsylvania and serves customers in three separate Pennsylvania House Districts.

Representative Rob Kauffman commented, “South-central Pennsylvania is one of the fastest-growing regions in the Commonwealth. With this projected growth, existing infrastructure capacity will soon be overloaded. I am pleased to see CFJMA receive this grant funding that will enable them to make improvements before costly system failures occur.”

“This is an outstanding project and will have a tremendous benefit to the service area. Grant funding is vital for municipal authorities to complete these kinds of projects when local resources are scarce, without putting additional burden on the rate-payers”, stated Representative Paul Schemel.  

Representative Mark Keller remarked, “CFJMA serves customers in several municipalities and across county lines.  Improving service and infrastructure on a regional basis provides an opportunity for growth in Franklin and Cumberland Counties.”

In pursuit of a sustainable wastewater collection and conveyance, CFJMA has been proactive in planning necessary improvements and expansion of its sewer system to meet the demands of the growing communities it serves. Specifically, grant funds will be used for the immediate upgrade of electrical panels at pumping stations in Franklin and Cumberland Counties. Additionally, the project will include the addition of epoxy lining to wet wells at the same pumping stations, which are severely eroded and may create environmental impacts if not repaired. 

In a press release issued August 18, 2020, Senator Mastriano commented, “We have a growing community, so these grants will go a long way in ensuring local residents that the supply meets the demand. As a state lawmaker, one of my main priorities is infrastructure. State grant dollars are highly competitive, so it is refreshing to see the CFA make this commitment to the 33rd Senate District.”

Completing the pumping station upgrades to the CFJMA system will support the growing residential, commercial, and industrial developments in the area, in addition to enhancing the marketability of available space to potential end-users.

At the August 17, 2020 CFA Meeting, the Authority’s project was among 276 that were awarded PA Small Water and Sewer grants statewide.