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Pitcairn flood-mitigation work delayed by need for signatures

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Pitcairn officials said last week they still need about 20 signatures to begin a flood-mitigation project that is 60 years in the making.

Pending approval from property owners who would be affected by construction, plans call for a 6-foot-high concrete channel to be built to guide Dirty Camp Run stream about 1.3 miles from the tennis courts in Sugar Camp Park to Turtle Creek.

More than 20 signatures have been filed, but the borough still needs about 20 more, Councilman Rollo Vecchio said at the Jan. 22 borough council meeting.

Councilman George Burkhardt suggested that council mail letters to those who haven't signed, explaining that they're holding up flood-control work in Pitcairn.

Council President John Prucnal has expressed frustration that property owners are delaying a project that could prevent flooding in Pitcairn homes and businesses.

“I think it's a shame there are people holding it up,” Prucnal said.

Parking restriction

Pitcairn Council last week approved a new parking restriction in front of Sally Wareham's Beauty Shop on Agatha Street.

After a series of complaints from the business owner about a neighbor parking in front of the shop, council approved a sign that will read, “One Hour, Business Only.”

The beauty shop is the only business on the street.

Police Chief Dennis Hockenberry asked for a detailed description of the parking restriction, in the event that motorists claim a vehicle was parked in front of the business for less than one hour.

Pitcairn Solicitor Craig Alexander said that if someone is parked in front of the shop for 30 minutes but is not inside of the beauty shop, police can tag the vehicle.

“We're going to do our best so that patrons can visit that beauty salon and get their hair done,” Alexander said.

The parking restriction will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Alexander said.

Handicapped parking

Pitcain Council approved a fourth handicapped parking space for the 600 block of Sixth Street at the request of a resident.

Anyone with a handicapped-accessibility placard can use the space, said Council President John Prucnal.

Some council members questioned whether a fourth handicapped spot on the same block would exceed a limit previously established by council.

“I'm not denying a person a handicapped spot. ... I thought we had a resolution on the board for so many per block,” said Councilman Patsy Pizzuto.

Police Chief Dennis Hockenberry said that based on his research there was never a resolution establishing a maximum number of handicapped parking spaces on the same block.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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