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VFD event, water work to cause Brackenridge road closure

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By George Guido
Friday, April 5, 2013, 1:46 a.m.

Brackenridge residents should prepare for two road closures on Morgan Street in the next week.

• On Saturday, Morgan Street will be closed from First Avenue to Brackenridge Avenue from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. due to Pioneer Hose Company's gun bash.

• On Tuesday, Morgan Street will be closed between Brackenridge Avenue and Third Avenue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for water main work.

No trucks will be given access to Morgan from First Avenue. Any trucks leaving ATI-Ludlum will need to use Sixth Avenue.

Trucks meeting the 10-ton limit can use Mile Lock Lane.

The ATI-Ludlum locomotive shop will be without water for three hours on Tuesday, affecting only employees at that site.

In other business

• Borough Solicitor Craig Alexander is working on updating ordinances related to landlords and tenants.

Business Insurance Underwriters, the borough's code enforcement arm, requires rental property to be inspected once every two years; Brackenridge requires yearly inspections.

Alexander will update that and other ordinances.

Borough Tax Collector Sandy Davidson asked borough officials to enforce the requirement that landlords furnish renters' names to the borough so she can collect per capita tax.

“We are tightening the ordinances as we speak,” Alexander said.

• The borough's application for federal Community Development Block Grants for next year is due in May.

The borough's wish list includes getting money for a walking trail and fence extensions at Riverfront Memorial Park, stormwater collection areas, demolition of dilapidated buildings, handicapped-accessible ramps, boat ramp replacement and window and flooring upgrades in the borough building.

The borough also will try to get Allegheny County Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grants for stormwater collection areas on Steiren and Morgan streets.

• Brackenridge will advertise for part-time police officers to add to its current roster.

• Councilman John Stanzione said he is seeking higher interest bearing accounts for some of the borough's bigger accounts in response to a Valley News Dispatch article outlining Frazer Township's decision to take similar action.

• Borough officials are unhappy with Verizon Co. maintenance personnel during a recent First Avenue closure due to a superload delivery of massive equipment to the ATI-Ludlum steel mill expansion site.

Officials said the phone lines were knocked down by an oversized vehicle.

But phone lines weren't repaired reportedly until the early afternoon of that day, despite the fact that Verizon linemen were on duty at the time.

“It's unacceptable for them not to do those repairs until then,” said Mayor Thomas Kish of the March 26 incident.

Contacted after the meeting, Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski said he was not familiar with the incident. But, generally when lines are down, telephone line workers need clearance from the power company before their lines can be repaired.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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