last week received the go-ahead from the state to proceed with its streetscape project on Washington Avenue.
The borough received a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT and now is able to put the project out to bid after nearly three years of planning. Borough Manager Lori Collins announced the permit approval during .
“We’ve been working on this for a long time so we’re excited,” Collins said. “The sidewalks need to be replaced because they’re getting old, and that’s what started this whole process.”
There is no timeline on when construction will begin, but it probably will get started next spring. The revitalization received a $228,000 federal stimulus grant in 2009 and another $152,000 from Allegheny County to make it “a more substantial streetscape project.”
“We’re going to move as quickly as we can, but we have to get everything together,” Collins said.
In February, that were buckling the sidewalk along the main business district.
Also during the meeting…
- Collins read into the official record a letter from the Allegheny County Health Department announcing that the is in compliance. The letter stated that the county has received “almost daily” complaints from one borough resident and regulators have made 41 inspections to ensure any problems are mitigated. The borough recently agreed to after police charged him with harassment for making numerous complaints about the plan to borough workers.
- Council agreed to hire Colorado-based Soil Nail Launcher Inc. to fix the softening hillside behind Terra Street. The borough will pay the company $109,880 to shoot rods into the hillside to stabilize it.
- A new police cruiser will be leased from Woltz & Wind Ford for $100 a month until the end of the year. Since Ford is decommissioning the Crown Victoria police cruiser, Chief Chad King suggested they purchase one now so they can use the same equipment from an older car. There was no money in the budget for a new car this year, so the car will be leased over the next three months and then purchased in 2012.
- Council voted 6-1 to solicit bids for paving McMillen Street and the turnaround loop next to the. Councilman William Colussy voted against the measure.