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Wilmerding stays ahead on DEP sewer mandate

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Friday, June 7, 2013, 3:51 a.m.

A sewer repair project awarded at Wilmerding council's Tuesday night meeting is helping the borough stay ahead of schedule with the state Department of Environmental Protection's consent decree.

Council unanimously approved State Pipe Services Inc.'s $45,300 bid for borough-wide repair work.

Borough secretary Joe Hartzell said bids were opened on May 17, and the only other bid was for $74,600 from Tri-State Grouting.

State Pipe has performed work in the borough previously and was recommended by Glenn Engineering.

Borough engineer Dave Gilliland said work includes improving sewer liners, excavating and repairing pipe, and installing a catch basin near the intersection of Marguerite Avenue and Clara Street.

New manholes will be in place along Miller Street, and near the intersections of Patton and State streets and Watkins Avenue and State Street.

Work is expected to begin in early July and be completed within 60 days.

Gilliland said the next work to be performed as part of the consent decree is the continuation of sewer line inspections and repairs. Other major projects are not required for at least 10 years.

The borough is looking into seeking bids for demolition work for one or two properties later this summer. Demolition costs will be paid though Allegheny County Community Development Block Grant funds.

Residents encouraged council to enforce property maintenance ordinances, specifically those dealing with high weeds and grass, and garbage.

Properties causing the most concern were along Miller Street, and Middle and Airbrake avenues.

Ordinances state grass cannot be taller than 6 inches and garbage cannot be taken out earlier than the day before collection. Violators will be subject to fines and court costs.

Wilmerding Community Days Festival continues Friday and Saturday in Wilmerding Park from 6-10 p.m. There will be a variety of games, food and entertainment.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or

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