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Seward considers roof repair options

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:04 p.m.

Councilman Phillip Penrose presented a roof repair estimate report for the Seward Community Center, prepared by TM Roofing (Tuscano-Maher Roofing) of Saltsburg, to the Seward Borough Council meeting.

The report, as a result of an inspection conducted on July 1, outlined the repairs necessary to cover the center's 3,044-square-foot. A remedial repair is estimated to cost $6,950 while an estimated roof replacement cost is $37,850.

The report indicated the overall breakdown of the roof's surface membrane was due to long-term UV exposure and some pooling of water throughout the years. The final decision on which method to proceed will be determined by the center's board at its next meeting this month. It will also be determined whether to contract with TM Roofing for the remedial repair or replacement of the roof.

Councilman Mike Kelly commented “When the Marcellus Shale monies come in then the council should consider using these monies toward the cost for the repair or replacement of the community center's roof.” The estimated Marcellus Shale monies total around $1,470.

In other business:

• Seward Borough Council alternate secretary-treasurer Kate Colt reported the following tax collector monies have been received: estimated income tax $3,180.91; real estate tax $1,077.41 and local service tax $101.99

• Councilwoman Fran Hajjar said the police force worked 371½ duty hours. There were 18 traffic citations, 15 incidents and one non-traffic citations. The force's two cruisers listed 1,606 miles driven and $556.77 was spent on gas for the month.

• A parking ordinance previously advertised was adopted by the council as ordinance No. 1 of 2013. The ordinance provides for the regulation of handicapped parking spaces, prohibiting parking on sidewalks and establishing an additional stop sign at the corner of Hedges and Cherry Streets within the borough of Seward.

The next council meeting is 7 p.m. Aug. 13.

Alice White is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.