Homestead looks to improve town's handicap ramps
Homestead will be working to improve the borough's handicap ramps.
Councilwoman Wanda Burwell said some ramps have chunks missing or holes in them.
“We really don't want anyone in a wheelchair or using a cane to go down in one of the holes,” she said Thursday night. “We have at this point identified certain handicap ramps that are in need of repair. We are beginning to work on that and see what we can do to alleviate that.”
A motion by Councilman Drew Borcik to purchase a 2008 Crown Victoria police vehicle for $11,360 from Mosside Specialty Cars in North Versailles Township failed by a 3-2-1 vote.
Council vice president Barbara Broadwater, Councilman Donald Turner and Burwell dissented. Councilman Lloyd Cunningham and Borcik voted in favor of purchasing the vehicle. Council president Susan Titmus abstained.
Homestead police Chief Jeff DeSimone provided council with the bid.
Titmus said borough manager Ian McMeans was instructed to get various bids for a vehicle. McMeans said the quote DeSimone provided was the first he has seen and didn't get a chance to get any.
DeSimone noted the business also had an 2009 and 2007, but both had higher mileage than the '08.
He said the price includes a three-year limited warranty.
“There's no one else around here that sells used vehicles,” Borcik said. “The other closest one that we know of is in Erie. This comes at state contract prices.”
Burwell said council needs to allow McMeans to continue getting price quotes.
“Then we can look at everything at one time and make a decision,” she said.
Cunningham thanked DeSimone for getting all the information together.
There also was discussion on what printing service the borough was using since there was question last August about patronizing Steel Valley Printers because Cunningham is a stockholder and is employed there.
“Anytime there's a print job needed, we call around the printing companies and use the lowest quote,” McMeans said.
Homestead solicitor Bernie Schneider said while one councilor questioned if Cunningham's affiliation was a problem, he never looked into it because Cunningham said the borough doesn't have to use Steel Valley Printers anymore.
Schneider said he will have to know the ownership structure of Steel Valley Printers to answer that question.
Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or email@example.com.
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