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Brackenridge Council ponders oversize loads

| Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, 1:26 a.m.

BRACKENRIDGE — Council is looking into enacting an oversize loads ordinance in the near future.

Borough Solicitor Craig Alexander was directed to draft an ordinance that would charge fees to trucking companies to pay for damaged roads.

Officials are concerned about roads and streets damaged from transporting heavy loads, particularly streets that might need to be replaced.

Councilman William Beale said other municipalities have similar ordinances and that Brackenridge should adopt a plan to deal with road damage.

The move comes in the midst of ATI-Allegheny Ludlum's billion dollar mill construction project in the borough. The company this summer began delivery of huge mechanical parts for the mill, many weighing dozens of tons, that have to be trucked into the site over borough roads.

Council voted 3-2 to hire Patrick Ford as a full-time police officer.

Robert Kemmery, Timothy Connelly and Charlene Stobert voted for the hiring. Stobert attended Thursday's meeting via speakerphone.

Council members Beale and Mary Lou Poli voted no.

Beale said he wasn't against the officer but against the hiring process, adding there wasn't enough time to research a possible police merger with a neighboring municipality or contracting out for police services.

Poli said the salary for a new officer isn't in the current budget.

Councilmen Timothy Kolar was absent.

• The borough's manhole replacement project is nearly completed.

Engineer James Garvin said 255 of Brackenridge's 265 manholes have been replaced. The project was necessitated by different sizes and casings surrounding manholes. When the project is finished, all manholes will have a similar size and casing.

Garvin also said 22 of 25 street corners will soon have sidewalk curb ramps mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991.Pampino Construction will do the work with a $25,000 federal Community Development Block Grant.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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