Vandergrift Council set to move against downspout foot-draggers
Vandergrift Council is set to take action against about 16 homeowners who have yet to remove their downspouts from the sanitary sewerage system.
The first phase of the federally-mandated stormwater/sanitary sewerage separation project is nearly complete.
The deadline for property owners to comply with the downspout order was Sept. 30.
Code enforcement officials will visit the property owners not in compliance and give them three days to remedy the problem.
Renters will have their landlords notified by mail.
Those who continue to fail to comply will be cited. They can be fined up to $300 daily.
The old lines will now be used exclusively for stormwater drainage.
Largest phase coming
As for Phase II of the sewerage separation project, council will open bids Friday at 10 a.m. at the borough building for what will be, by far, the largest of the overall project's three phases.
In fact, two contractors might be selected for the project, due to its size.
More than 1,000 properties are part of Phase II.
If one company is awarded a contract, officials have indicated that company must assure borough officials that extra people will be added to finish the project in a timely manner.
Officials hope to begin Phase II in January, with an expected completion during summer 2015.
The financing of the $10 million project includes a $2.6 million state grant and an $8.2 million PennVEST loan that will be repaid in 30 years at 1 percent interest.
In other business
• The borough will submit its wish lists for street paving next summer to Westmoreland County officials.
Streets on the paving list for federal Community Development Block Grant funds include Cooper, Poplar, 22nd, Irving and Walnut streets, along with portions of Grant Avenue.
A proposal to pave part of 14th Street near the Allegheny Ludlum plant failed to qualify under federal income guidelines.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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