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Station Street repairs sought; records show road in Sharpsburg is private

| Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A local business and church want improvements to a nearby street and alley but Sharpsburg officials might be limited in how much help they can give.

Representatives from Hornbeck Engineering and Mt. Olive Baptist Church told officials last week that Station Street and a nearby alley are in need of repair.

Richard Petrie, president of Hornbeck Engineering, said while he understood that the funding might not exist to pave Station Street, it could be converted back to a brick road.

β€œIt might be better if all the old pieces of asphalt were simply removed from the brick,” Petrie said.

A nearby alley off of the road also needs work and is dangerous for people to walk down, Tammi Oliver, controller at the engineering firm said. The area also is used by other nearby businesses.

However, records indicate that part of the area in question is a private street.

Borough engineer Robert Zischkau said he couldn't recommend the borough do work on a private street. However, he said when paving companies come to the borough next month, they could provide information on improving the street.

β€œI'm sure they'd be willing to give these people a quote if they wanted it,” Zischkau said.

He said he is not sure if the alley is public.

Council President Karen Pastor said she'd like to see quotes for improvements to the alley when the area is addressed.

Zischkau said he would pass contact information for those involved to the paving companies so they can discuss the issue.

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

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