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Engineers to discuss new Brentwood municipal building

| Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 5:39 p.m.

Brentwood Council has scheduled representatives of HHSDR Architects/Engineers of Pittsburgh and Public Financial Management to speak at the Dec. 12 council meeting about designs and paying for a new municipal building.

A new building, estimated to cost $5 million, would be constructed in the parking area next to the current building, which would be torn down to make way for a new parking lot.

Borough leaders long have been considering options to renovate or replace the current, century-old building on Brownsville Road. Council President John Frombach said Monday that a full renovation is estimated to cost $6 million.

When council gave preliminary approval on Nov. 21 to the $16 million budget, officials budgeted $235,000 for architectural design and bid documents for a new municipal building.

The proposed budget keeps the property tax rate at 10 mills.

Also included in the budget are improvements at the community swimming pool.

Phase I of the upgrades won't start until after the summer swimming season ends on Labor Day.

Estimates for this phase, which includes a new liner, concrete, decking and a zero-entry area, are $714,000. The borough received a $175,000 matching grant from the Allegheny County Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund, which comes from casino revenue. Borough officials have earmarked money in both the 2017 and 2018 capital fund for the project because not all of Phase I will be completed in 2017.

Council opted to transfer $100,000 from the road program to help with pool costs. Council dedicated $400,000 to pave and repair borough roads in 2017.

Borough Manager George Zboyovsky said borough officials do not anticipate any streets scheduled for work to be affected because of the reduced amount.

The budget is available for public review before it receives final approval on Dec. 12.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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