Contractor hired for Verona's streetscape lighting project
By George Guido
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 12:46 a.m.
Verona's streetscape lighting program is set to go.
Council on Tuesday night hired Franco Electrical Services of Pittsburgh to install new streetlight posts and wiring along Allegheny River Boulevard and some of Center and South avenues.
The cost will be $238,700.
The borough will pay $17,500 toward the $255,000 project cost.
The remainder of the money is coming from federal Community Development Block Grants.
Rauso Engineering will oversee and eventually inspect the project.
No start date has been determined.
Curbside recycling considered
Mike Firbeck of the state Department of Environmental Protection presented a program to council on curbside recycling.
Under the program, the borough could get paid as much as $6,700 per year from recyclers.
Currently, the borough has a recycling drop-off center for various items using separate containers that are reportedly overflowing often. That program pays the borough about $2,000 per year.
Verona doesn't have mandatory curbside recycling since the borough has fewer than 5,000 people, but Firbeck says residents respond well to recycling in those types of communities.
Nester Resources will propose a recycling contract to council at a later date. It was recommended pickups would be every other week.
Council President Dom Conte said a previous proposal wasn't cost effective.
He said a proposal, if approved, wouldn't take effect until next year.
In other business
• Seventeen new trees will be planted along Allegheny River Boulevard and some side streets on Nov. 2.
Trees will be supplied by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and an organization called TreeVitalize.
Part of the strategy is to plant different types of trees so if a blight occurs, not all trees would be destroyed.
Councilwoman Rhoda Gemellas-Worf said two volunteers are needed to round out the borough's Shade Tree Commission.
Interested parties may contact the borough office at 412-828-8080.
• Starting next year, council is expected to require anyone renting borough property, such as the park, to have their insurance and other paperwork submitted four weeks before the event date.
Officials said a bar renting the park for a concert Saturday has yet to file an insurance plan and council is threatening to cancel the event.
No vote was taken on the four-week proposal.
• A team of 40 volunteers from the University of Pittsburgh will be in town on Oct. 26 to spearhead a boroughwide cleanup program.
Participants will be supplied bags and gloves but are urged to bring their own pickers.
The borough is accepting donations of $20 each to help with the supplies and to give volunteers pizza at the end of the day.
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.
- Classic novel, new film share similar titles, not much else
- More people choosing traditional Christmas tree, growers say
- Owner of Natrona Heights store indicted for food stamp fraud
- Education Partnership provides school supplies to Fort Crawford students in New Kensington
- Questions on police shakeup go unanswered in Gilpin
- Woman accused of assault over rap music to attend anger management classes
- Oakmont overcomes sticking points, passes budget with no tax increase
- Icy roads put drivers on the skids
- Alle-Kiski Valley schools improve statewide scores
- Washington Township approves tax-neutral $2.6M budget
- Judge allows evidence in case against New Ken-Arnold teacher