Harmar OKs $107K paving contract

| Friday, June 21, 2013, 1:31 a.m.

Summer paving time is coming in Harmar.

Supervisors on Thursday night awarded a $107,000 contract to A Folino Contracting of Oakmont to pave Wilson Avenue and Meadow Street.

The other bidder was El Grande Industries of Monessen.

No start date has been set for the project.

• Supervisors also awarded a $2,100 contract to Parking Lot Paving of Bethel Park to paint more than 21,000 linear feet of streets in Harmar.

On the list of streets to be part of the project include: Wentzel Drive, Ridge Road from Low Grade Road to the stop sign, Harmar Drive, Nixon Road and Alpha Drive West.

Low Grade Road will be lined, with the costs being shared by Cheswick and Springdale Township.

• Supervisors delayed awarding a contract to bidders on the roof replacement for the Highbury Park shelter.

Bids didn't include a warranty description on a steel roof and shingle roof.

The measure will be revisited on July 18.

In other business

• The Pitt-Ohio trucking company relocation project is about 60 percent complete, according to township Engineer Larry Seiler.

The company is moving its operation from the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh to Rich Hill Road.

The township earlier secured a $500,000 Gaming Economic Development Fund grant to help pave a half-mile of Rich Hill Road and to install a traffic light at the corner of Route 910, Rich Hill and Locust Hill roads.

The new facility is expected to be done by December and employ 200 workers.

• Seiler said the Hulton Bridge replacement project should begin in August or September with the demolition of about six buildings on the Harmar side of the Allegheny River.

• Solicitor Charles Means will contact Norfolk Southern railroad officials in an effort to determine who is responsible for filling potholes at the railroad crossing into Denny Camp from Freeport Road.

Past orders from the state Public Utility Commission have said the railroad is only responsible for upkeep 2 feet from the rails. But officials might have to research the original agreement for the crossing.

“This could have been done decades ago,” Means said.

Public works employees have filled the potholes with temporary patch.

• Officials are concerned that township revenue expectations could come up at least $80,000 short, due to property owners winning property assessment appeals from Allegheny County.

After the reassessment was done last year, many county municipalities lowered their millage rates to compensate with the new, higher assessment figures and to avoid illegal windfalls to municipal coffers.

Officials said more cases involving business property owners are still pending.

• Supervisors noted that artwork from Springdale High School students now hangs in the lobby of the township building.

New artwork will be rotated from time to time.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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