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Blawnox wraps up water tower demolition project

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Blawnox officials have closed the book on a water-tower demolition project on Carla Drive.

Council voted unanimously to approve two agreements for poles on Carla Drive. Sprint had an antenna on the now- removed water tower, which needed to be replaced.

One agreement, with Sprint, is for a temporary pole in the ground. Another is with SBA Towers IV for a permanent tower.

Solicitor Jack Cambest said he was satisfied with the agreement. The only issue that could come up in the future is the possibility of SBA Towers IV leasing more land for its tower, depending on where the tower is placed.

“If they do that, we'll have to amend the land lease at that point in time,” Cambest said.

The temporary pole already is in place because the land was leased through May 1, Cambest said. The new agreements will go forward from that date.

Council also approved a payment of $16,800 to Kosinski Demolition of Port Austin, Mich. Borough engineer Gordon Taylor of Senate Engineering said the project has been completed.

“It's down and done,” Taylor said.

He said workers will return to the water tower's site for reseeding of the ground as soon as they can.

“They'll come as soon as the weather breaks,” Taylor said.

The project was funded through a Community Development Block Grant. The tower long had been an eyesore on Carla Drive. A contract for removing the structure was approved in October, and work was completed last month.

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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