Oakmont residents object to proposed Speedway
By George Guido
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, 2:01 a.m.
Oakmont Council on Monday night decided to wait until early October to decide what conditions might be placed on the proposed Speedway gasoline station/convenience store along Hulton Road.
Council last month heard considerable testimony opposing the proposed business, set to be located at the former Lieberth & Son Dodge across from Riverview High School.
More residents objected to council on Monday night, but officials stressed that a gasoline station/convenience store is allowed in that zoning district, though council can impose “reasonable conditions” on the business.
Residents complained about a lack of notification for last month's hearing. However, officials said about 100 residents near the location were notified by mail, the proposal was posted and a legal notice appeared in the Valley News Dispatch twice.
Councilman Thomas Briney said Speedway needs to legally combine two lots. The company has offered to give some of the property to the borough to widen one of the side streets.
Council has until Oct. 5 to make a decision. It has until then to review and rule on an additional traffic study.
Streets to be paved
Several Oakmont streets will be paved in the coming weeks.
Council approved a roughly $30,000 increase in its annual paving program.
• Elmcrest Drive will be milled and repaved for $12,000;
• The intersection of 11th Street and Washington Avenue will be repaved;
• Washington Avenue could be paved to 10th Street if the cost doesn't exceed $10,000.
That part of the paving program will be paid for by the state liquid fuels reimbursement program.
• Officials also will use a little more than $2,300 to install sidewalk ramps at street corners that will comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
The money comes from the federal Community Development Block Grant program.
Hulton Bridge update
Council told residents PennDOT still hasn't determined a start date for the $64 million Hulton Bridge replacement project.
Braymon Construction was the low bidder on the project, which will be located just upriver from the current span.
The existing bridge will be open throughout the project, with the exception of a two-week period when road approaches are built.
The Oakmont Harbors residential building will have parking and street sweeping violations waived at times during the bridge construction.
Such violations will be waived only when the Harbors area is impacted by construction.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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