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Jefferson Hills officials to open bids for new public works complex

| Friday, April 5, 2013, 1:31 a.m.

Jefferson Hills officials expect to open bids on May 22 for a new public works complex.

Architect David J. McLean told council at its agenda workshop on Wednesday that construction could start in July with completion in a year.

Pending those bids, the project, including a salt storage facility, is estimated to cost just over $3.62 million.

McLean offered two alternatives. One estimated at just under $3.43 million would reduce by half the size of the salt storage facility. The other, estimated at $3.75 million, includes a truck wash bay.

Council may vote on Monday to authorize McLean Architects to prepare and advertise bid documents for the complex.

McLean told council that work on the new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for the municipal center is “going very well, on time (and) on budget.” He said work is 90 percent complete and may finish this month.

Council is mulling over another application for gaming-fueled Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund money, this time a request to the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County for $250,000 for the Walton Road sewer upsizing project.

Council last month discussed the possibility of seeking a CITF grant to match $125,000 the borough seeks from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for Beedle Park.

During public comment on Wednesday, Thomas Jefferson Youth Baseball director Chris McSwiggen asked the borough to take steps to upgrade the field and dugouts at Tepe Park.

He asked the borough to clean up graffiti at the playground there, including paintings of male and female genitalia on a slide.

Council president Christopher King said the borough would look into those matters.

Borough resident Glenn Geiger asked the council to consider donating 885 Andrew Reilly Memorial Park for an Operation Troop Appreciation event, possibly in August.

“This is a family friendly event,” Geiger said. He hopes to get vendors and bands to participate, and obtain donations from businesses.

“It would be very helpful if you had a written proposal,” council vice president James Weber said, “and submitted it to our borough manager.”

Borough public works director Thomas Lovell said West Penn Power will be trimming trees in rights of way in the borough. He said free wood chips will be available for those interested.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or