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Contractor hired for Verona's streetscape lighting project

| 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.

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