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Cook Township Supervisors review bridge inspector hiring

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

The Cook Township Supervisors unanimously passed the township's first resolution of 2013 recently concerning the process to hire bridge inspectors. Solicitor Doug Welty brought this resolution to the supervisors' attention after notifying that the term of the current bridge inspector, Douglas Regola, expires this year.

Welty said the resolution outlines the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's protocol for advertising for bids and selecting a qualified consultant.

“We are not hiring any specific bridge inspectors at this point. This is to inform (the supervisors) of the process through the state to be able to hire a bridge inspector,” Welty said. “This is a resolution saying (the supervisors) are going to follow these steps to select a consultant to perform bridge inspections. They will make bids for proposals, then review the proposals, basically follow (Penn DOT's) process.”

As a term of the resolution, Welty added that the township needed to designate a qualification committee, which the three supervisors, Richard Umbaugh, Mark McKlveen and Walter Piper, would fill. It will be the committee's duty to review the qualifications of any contractor or firm who applies to become a bridge inspector.

In other news:

The supervisors have applied for three grants. One grant is from the Richard K. Mellon Foundation, and will be used to make repairs to the supervisor building's roof, as well as to for insulation, an electrical upgrade and paint.

The second grant is from the Ligonier Endowment, and the money would be used for new garage doors.

The supervisors also applied for a Community Development Block grant from the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development which would be used to repair roads in the township. The supervisors received a similar grant last year.

The Cook Township Community Center also has a proposed grant from the Mellon Foundation for the community center building, including insulation for the ceilings, new electrical outlets and new thermostats.

Community center volunteer Pat Piper reported that 200-dozen cinnamon rolls were sold, and the community center would hold a turkey raffle in March.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 6 at 4 p.m. in the supervisors' office located on Route 711. For more information, call the supervisor's office at 724-593-7471.

Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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