Forward supervisors, residents seek township road improvements
Forward Township supervisors and residents on Monday night questioned Allegheny County's commitment to maintenance, even after a Jan. 10 road tour.
“They've been patching for the past month and a half in Pleasant Hills, but not here,” resident Philip Shushnar said at Monday's board meeting.
“Pangburn Hollow Road is definitely on our schedule,” county Public Works District 4 operations supervisor Tony Mangretta said on that tour.
Resident Howard Fleming said EQT Corp. patched potholes on Pangburn Hollow and urged the county, “at least put a coating on it.”
“It is going to be resurfaced when the weather is better,” said county Councilman Bob Macey, D-West Mifflin, whose District 9 runs from Forward to North Versailles Township.
He is not the county councilman in Pleasant Hills. District 6 Councilman John F. Palmiere, D-Whitehall, has constituents from Elizabeth borough to Castle Shannon.
Supervisor Ron Skrinjorich said EQT provided $36,000 worth of repairs to Elkhorn Road, another artery for traffic to and from drilling sites.
He said another road in bad shape is Round Hill between Route 51 and Round Hill Park in Elizabeth Township.
“That road was just paved two years ago,” Macey said.
On his bobmacey.com site, Macey has “report a pothole” numbers for PennDOT (800-349-7623) and the county (412-350-2513) and urged residents to use them.
The supervisors authorized applying to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for a grant to fill in what they can't get for improvements to Gallatin Sunnyside Park from the county Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund.
They authorized advertising an ordinance making official deadlines for property taxes, with the 2 percent discount available through May 31 rather than April 30 and penalties to begin after July 31 rather than June 30.
They granted township tax collector Bill Firczak's request for $350 for Elizabeth borough's Memorial Day parade. He made that request in his role as a parade organizer.
They approved fees for a new timbering ordinance. Solicitor Matthew Racunas said permits are $100 for up to 15 acres, $200 for 16 and up.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.