Borough Clerk Ronald Nunnenkamp said Winslow Township has its own sewage- treatment plant, which meets state pollution standards. But even though the township would not be able to tie into the regional system, sewage rates would triple under the CCMUA, officials said.
"They intend to stop the pipe in Berlin Township. We would not even be able to tie into it," Churchill said.
"We will not be charged an exorbitant sewage rate and get nothing for it," Cuneo said. "We will fight to our last breath before we sign this agreement."
The resolution passed last night states: "The regional plan should not include Winslow Township because there would be no connection to interceptor or discharge pipes into a CCMUA sewage treatment plant."
The resolution said that sections of the mediator's plan were "blatantly unfair."
"Municipalities with good systems should not subsidize those with poor systems," the resolution said.
But Thomas Higgins, attorney for the CCMUA, said in an interview before the meeting that all towns in Camden County were scheduled to take part in the regional sewage-treatment plan, a project to reduce pollution in the county.
"We cannot allow towns in Camden County to secede from their responsibilities. We have three to six feet of sludge at the bottom of the Cooper River and we must get the sewage treatment plant on line as soon as possible," Higgins said.