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West Mifflin council seeks grants to fix storm water damage

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 3:21 a.m.

West Mifflin will seek two Allegheny County Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund grants for storm water retention along Curry Hollow Road.

On Tuesday, borough council approved applications for grants that total up to $250,000 each to cover repairs near a West Mifflin Sanitary Sewer Municipal Authority pump station and in a culvert about half a mile away.

The repairs are needed because of last summer's heavy rains.

Borough engineer Ray Antonelli of NIRA Engineers said the pumping station would cost $194,300 and the culvert would cost approximately $148,000.

Tuesday may have been council's last meeting at 3000 Lebanon Church Road.

Borough manager Brian Kamauf said that, barring unforeseen circumstances, council's next meeting will be in the new municipal building at 1020 Lebanon Road, where P.J. Dick and Trumbull Corp. once had headquarters.

Council unanimously ratified the $4.2 million purchase of the building on Tuesday.

Council approved hiring two part-time clerks to act as receptionists. They will be paid $10 per hour and work 20 hours per week.

A ribbon cutting and open house is set on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The borough expects West Mifflin Area School District to follow. Solicitor Phil DiLucente said the borough spent no less than $100,000 on improvements for the school district's portion of the building.

The first meeting there will include a public hearing on a conditional use application for Pull-A-Part Auto to take over the former Fisher Body/General Motors Pittsburgh Metal Stamping property at 1451 Lebanon Road.

In November, the Atlanta-based Pull-A-Part withdrew its bid to buy the 72-acre property, but community development director Walter B. Anthony said the company reinstated its bid.

Pull-A-Part calls itself “the Rolls Royce of do-it-yourself used auto part superstores.” It has an online operation at and 25 locations in 12 states.

“Pull-A-Part is a retail facility that will purchase used cars that are no longer in service,” Anthony said.

The borough hopes it has made its last salt purchase. Public works director James Hess said the borough has 400 tons of 6,500 ordered through South Hills Area Council of Governments.

It is awaiting delivery of 300 tons on Thursday, and can order 500 more tons if needed.

Beyond that, council approved an agreement with Cargill that would mean a payment of $81.62 per ton for salt that exceeds 140 percent of what the borough estimated it would need.

That's far above the approximately $55 a ton the borough was paying, but council president Michael Moses does not think it will be needed.

“Brian (Kamauf) and Jim (Hess) worked this out well,” Moses said. “We assumed, ‘This is Pittsburgh and this is winter,' and Jim's foresight paid off.”

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