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Resident requests better winter care of alleyways in Aspinwall

Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Alleys off of Western Avenue in Aspinwall remain iced over and snow filled.

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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 8:56 p.m.
 

A resident wants Aspinwall to take better care of the alleys in the borough.

Carole Neubauer told officials last week that Alley D near her home on Western Avenue is badly iced and needs to be salted. She said her fence shows wear from cars sliding and bumping into it.

“People just slide into it and keep going,” she said.

Neubauer said the ice has been an ongoing problem. She asked borough officials to take better care of the alleys.

“The snow I can deal with; the ice I cannot,” she said.

Neubauer said Alley A seemed clear and wondered why others aren't as passable. Borough manager Ed Warchol said it had not been treated.

“I don't think that alley's been treated. There's only one alley that's salted and that's up on the hill,” Warchol said.

Councilman Joe Noro said sometimes if storms quickly follow each other, crews will treat the alleys.

“Normally, when you start getting complaints, normally we'll treat the alleys because people can't move in and out of their garage,” Noro said.

Assistant borough manager Dawn Celender said while crews might sometimes plow the alleys, they normally are not treated with salt to preserve supply.

“They plow them sometimes. but they never salt them,” Celender said.

Neubauer said she understands the need to plow and salt main roads, but, she said, the alleys are used frequently.

“The alley is primary for me,” she said.

Council President Mark Ellermeyer said public-works crews would take a look at the alley to see what could be done.

“I can't change what's done or not been done in the past,” he said. “All we can do is do our best going forward.”

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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