Brackenridge Council ponders oversize loads
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Blount brings back Steelers’ swagger
- Steelers re-sign Keisel to bolster depth on defensive line
- Run game not primary focal point for Steelers
- Steelers are hoping to mirror Eagles’ full-bore, no-huddle offense
- Pitt, Penn State face competition for ticket sales
- Report critical of Pittsburgh police during stop that left man paralyzed
- Steelers sign tackle Gilbert to $30 million deal
- CF McCutchen returns to lineup, but Braves blast fast-fading Pirates
- Leechburg Area postpones decision to lease property for natural gas drilling
- Pittsburgh restaurants vie for title at Taste of the Championships
- Candlewood Suites coming to Rostraver