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Sharpsburg receives offers for water-tower work

| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:31 p.m.

Sharpsburg officials have 90 days to award a contract for painting and cleaning the water tank and tower in the borough.

Bids for the projects were opened last month.

State Pipe Services Inc. made the only bid for cleaning the tank at a cost of $12,500.

D&M Painting Corp. offered a bid of $41,000 to paint the stand pipe and bottom of the bowl, and Pittsburgh Tank and Tower Maintenance sent in a bid of $40,000.

Officials also took bids on painting the exterior and interior of the tank.

D&M Painting Corp. bid $64,240 for the exterior painting and $64,800 for the interior.

Pittsburgh Tank and Tower Maintenance bid $69,000 for both.

Borough engineer Robert Zischkau of Glenn Engineering said the cleaning and painting of the stand pipe and bottom of the bowl were recommended during an inspection earlier this year.

The other painting could be done now or later.

Councilman Tony Sacco said the outside painting was not a concern to him, but the inside could need new paint if the old paint comes off during the cleaning process.

“If they go inside the tank and they clean it and in cleaning that lose paint that's in there, we might have to resort to painting the interior,” Sacco said.

Zischkau said he will present an analysis of the bids to council before members vote.

He said work will not begin until spring.

Speeding

Police plan to continue monitoring the speed of vehicles entering the borough near 23rd Street.

A school crossing guard has notified officials of the problem.

Police have been monitoring the area and are writing citations.

Officials also will consider installing new signs alerting motorists of the speed limit to encourage them to slow down.

UCC Appeals Board

Sharpsburg will need to form its own Uniform Construction Code Appeals Board.

Borough secretary Jan Barbus said the North Hills Council of Government board is now invalid because the council does not have its own code officer to do inspections.

Each community is permitted to have its own officer.

The board must have five members made up of professionals, including architects, lawyers and contractors.

Solicitor Michael Witherel is looking into the details of forming the board.

Councilman Leo DeLuca said Sharpsburg officials should consider looking into teaming up with another community to form a board.

That would be allowed, Barbus said.

In the five years the appeals board existed through the council of governments, three appeals were heard.

None of the appeals heard were from Sharpsburg, Barbus said.

Officials will wait to hear Witherel's direction before deciding how to proceed.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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