New Speedway gas station might be coming to Route 66 next year

| Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 8:52 p.m.

A Speedway gas station and convenience store might be coming to Delmont next year.

Delmont solicitor Dan Hewitt said borough officials met with the company earlier this month as part of “very preliminary” discussions about the possibility of it opening a station at the Kunkle property along Route 66.

“This could be a very interesting development for the borough within the next year,” Hewitt said.

New police car

The borough will use some of its Marcellus shale revenue to buy a new police car.

Delmont is set to receive about $7,224 next month as part of the state's new oil-and-gas drilling legislation.

That money will be dedicated to the $9,596 annual payment on a three-year lease for a 2013 all-wheel drive Ford Taurus, Mayor Gill Sanchez said.

The department is required to pay the difference.

The borough plans to sell its Dodge Charger, which Sanchez called “useless in the snow.”

The Taurus will be swapped out with a Crown Victoria car during the spring and summer, Sanchez said.

“It makes sense,” Council President Jim Bortz said. “It's the right thing to do, but we typically don't have the money to do it.”

The purchase enabled the police department to drop its proposed repair budget by about $7,000. Through a state program, the borough will buy the car outright for $1 after three years.

Sanchez said he expects the car to stay in rotation for between seven and nine years.

Pump station pumping along

Officials with the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority last month authorized Delmont to take control of the Cramer Pump Station from Salem, paving the way for a major renovation and replacement project.

The pump station, which has been in disrepair for several years, will be upgraded next year. Officials expect the project to cost between $450,000 and $800,000. Borough officials earlier this month authorized engineers to spend about $27,000 on early design and permitting work for the project.

“It's one more blessing that we can have this done,” Bortz said. “Let's git ‘er done.”

The authority also approved use of a new set of chemicals at the pump station, where the stench of sewer gas has plagued residents during the spring and summer months. Randy Cupps, a member of the borough sewer committee, said the problem is alleviated now because of seasonal changes.

“It's a seasonal thing,” Cupps said. “When there's low flow, that's what will happen. The machinery and chemicals will help even more.”

Hewitt said Salem officials agreed to use the same set-up at the Cloverleaf Pump Station, which the Salem Township will take control of.

Hoffman renewed

Borough officials agreed to retain the services of Hoffman Kennels, a Delmont-based dogcatcher.

“There's been some dissent with how Hoffman handles things,” Hewitt said, referring to a group of residents from the eastern suburbs who have requested several municipalities sever ties with the dogcatcher or alter his contract.

“But they are still the only game in town. It holds true, there are two sides to every story.”

Hewitt said Hoffman submitted letters of recommendation from the Humane Society, Action for Animals and Pet Friends with his new contract.

Councilwoman Cindy Osier voted against renewing Hoffman's contract because Hoffman does not handle cats. Osier said she will research animal-control options that deal with felines.


Council recognized local businessman Brian Harhai, who owns the New Team Kunkles, for his help in clearing a newfound catch basin.

While a property owner near the intersection of Route 66 and Bierer was having work done on his grounds, workers discovered a catch basin that was filled with debris from the highway. Harhai hired someone to clean it out, Council Vice President Cher Anderson said.

“It was very nice of Brian to do this,” Anderson said. “In a very old town, you find a lot of things hidden.”

Anderson said the new catch basin will help handle some of the water coming off of Route 66.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or

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