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Officials seek funding to stabilize Port Vue hillside

| Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:21 a.m.

Port Vue officials are renewing their efforts to find money to stabilize a hillside along Arlington Avenue.

Council told residents at its meeting on Wednesday evening that it will contact state legislators and other local leaders to see what funds are available for securing and repairing the slowly eroding landscape near the Port Vue-McKeesport border.

Council president Mark Tortorice said the borough restricted traffic along Arlington Avenue to one lane, posted signage, installed a fence and placed weight restrictions eight to 10 years ago, but more work needs to be done.

He said the hillside consists of mostly rock, with no vegetation. Any repairs could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

All motions made were passed unanimously by a vote of 6-0. Councilman Doug Junecko was absent. Action included:

• Approval of an ordinance establishing a maximum weight limit and size for vehicles traveling along Upston and Lysle avenues.

Weight restriction on Upston Avenue at the intersection of Rebecca Avenue and Washington Boulevard to Lysle Avenue, and on Lysle and Manning avenues is 10 tons. Maximum size is 51 feet.

Borough Solicitor Patricia McGrail said council may adopt the restrictions in June.

• Acceptance of a $3,510 bid from Thomas Hetherington for a Ford F250 pickup truck.

• Adoption of resolutions supporting the Community Development Block Grant program and to increase its funding, and supporting a proposed state law enabling municipal police to use the same motor speed-timing equipment as state police.

• Approval of a $7,758.70 proposal from Barrier Protection Systems for a keyless entry system at the borough building.

“A lot of the keys that we issue are being passed around,” Councilman Russell Wooster Jr. said, citing security issues.

He said the new system will have key fobs with programmed identification information so the borough can keep track of who is using the building.

• Approval of a $3,979.55 proposal from Barrier Protection Systems for a new camera system at the playground comfort station, and a $2,599 proposal to upgrade the borough's camera system. Upgrades include a 16-channel video recorder, a camera for the playground area and reconnection of all old cameras.

• Approval of a $6,935 proposal from Nemeth and Sons LLC to recondition the rubber roof on the borough building.

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

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