Sharpsburg looks to work with business owners to find solutions for deteriorating sidewalks
Brick work is needed in part of the business district in Sharpsburg.
Photo by Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Sharpsburg officials hope to meet with property owners in the borough's business district to determine how to repair bricks along the sidewalk.
The bricks on the left side of the business district, as one travels through the borough toward Pittsburgh, are damaged.
Robert Zischkau, borough engineer, said the bricks are only about nine years old and bricks on the opposite side of the street don't have the same problem.
“The older brick, which is primarily on the opposite side of the street, shows really no significant signs of deterioration after well over 25 years,” Zischkau said.
He said it's possible the borough received a bad batch of bricks.
R.I. Lampus of Springdale has offered to replace the bricks for free, Zischkau said, but a contractor would have to install them.
Council President Karen Pastor said she hopes to have some bids to discuss with business owners.
“We're hoping to have a contractor here so we can move forward and talk about next steps,” Pastor said.
The property owners would be responsible for the cost of the project.
“Not every business might want to do that,” Pastor said.
Beth Hastings, head of the borough's business association and branch manager of Northwest Savings Bank, said she would help get in touch with property owners.
“Maybe we can work together to see who we have to contact,” Hastings said.
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