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New Ken, Allegheny Township to discuss White Cloud, Melwood Road water service

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By George Guido
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:11 a.m.

Allegheny Township officials will meet with New Kensington water authority officials on April 25 to discuss four options to extend water service to the White Cloud and Melwood Road areas.

As many as 60 homes might be added to the water authority's coverage area.

A recent survey conducted by the water authority resulted in about half the residents in favor of the move.

Supervisors Chairwoman Kathy Starr said residents have reported trouble with their wells, with some needing as many as four drillings to serve one home.

Supervisors didn't vote on measures pertaining to water service expansion, and no residents attending Monday's meeting commented on the proposal or the surveys.

Melwood Road speeding

Melwood Road residents on Monday complained of motorists speeding on the road, particularly heavy trucks transporting steel between the ATI-Allegheny Ludlum works in Harrison and Vandergrift.

Residents reported trouble sleeping when drivers applied brakes before making sharp turns during nighttime deliveries.

Township officials will contact ATI-Allegheny Ludlum to request drivers to slow down.

The police department will step up patrols in that area, and an electronic speed monitoring sign might be installed.

Since Melwood is a state road, township officials can't determine speed limits, which vary from 35 mph to 55 mph along portions of the road.

Tire tread resulting from quick stops is showing up in residents' front yards.

In other business

• Supervisors voted to hire Denise Johnston of Lower Burrell as a part-time clerk/receptionist in the township office for $13 an hour for a 20-hour week.

Johnston has administrative municipal experience with her former position with Upper Burrell.

• Supervisors congratulated the Allegheny Township Lions Club on its 60th anniversary.

The club will have a commemorative dinner Friday at River Forest Country Club.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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