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Liberty officials seek proposals to relieve overflow problems

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 2:41 a.m.

Liberty officials say an upcoming sewer project should relieve overflow problems during heavy rains.

At a regular meeting on Monday, borough engineer Don Glenn said the scheduled replacement of 105 feet of crushed sewer line along Glendale Drive should provide a significant amount of relief for wet weather storm drain backups.

The borough plans to seek proposals for repair of the line, which is expected to cost around $9,000 and come out of the borough's operating budget.

“It will probably be done in a month,” Glenn said of the project.

He said the crushed line is 18 inches in diameter and made of plastic. Glenn added a line of equal size made of heavier duty plastic will be installed as the replacement.

Ideally, Glenn said the borough would revamp its whole sewage system by adding larger diameter trunk lines in the community, a project that would cost $300,000 to $400,000. Because of the expense, he said, for now the borough will concentrate on fixing broken lines.

A recent project that replaced 65 feet of crushed borough sewer line already has helped to reduce runoff problems caused by blocked and overloaded storm lines, Glenn said.

In other news, council renewed a five-year traffic service agreement with PennDOT to maintain portions of state-owned roads in the borough in return for compensation. Solicitor George Gobel said compensation rates under the agreement have increased annually.

In the winter ahead, the borough will receive $1,863 for salting and plowing River Road and $2,680 for taking care of Washington Boulevard.

Finally, Mayor Jane Weigand urged residents to volunteer with McKeesport Meals on Wheels so that the service may be extended into Liberty. Right now the community is not served by the meal delivery program for seniors.

“We'd like to start that program as soon as we can,” Weigand said.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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