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Sections of Eighth, Ninth streets in Pitcairn to be paved soon

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Summer road paving has been approved in Pitcairn, to the chagrin of some council members.

Council voted 4-3 on June 25 to repair portions of Eighth and Ninth streets that connect to form a loop in the upper part of the borough. Councilmen John Bova, Doug Crothers and Kevin Dick voted against the project.

The project was awarded to Victor Paving of Monongahela. It will cost taxpayers nearly $30,000.

“That's money we can spend more wisely somewhere else,” Bova said. “The road is not that bad, in my humble estimation.”

Councilman Patsy Pizzuto disagreed. “Eighth Street Extension is pretty bad,” he said.

Cable inspection

A sweep inspection in Pitcairn should improve service for residents who subscribe to Pitcairn Community Cable, as borough officials continue to search for a buyer, said Cable and Electric Committee Chairman Kevin Dick.

The inspection was to fix potential “leaks” that tend to disrupt TV service and to ensure that residents aren't stealing cable.

Over the last five years, the number of subscribers to the borough-owned cable TV service has dropped from about 1,000 to 500, Dick said.

Council President John Prucnal said at the June 25 council meeting that he sees evidence of the decrease.

“I saw (a) Verizon (technician) on Eleanor Street today as I was coming to the meeting,” Prucnal said.

The borough can't compete with the number of channels and pay-per-view programs other companies offer, Dick said.

Council voted 6-1 in May to hire Duncan Communications Consulting as a broker for the potential sale of Pitcairn cable. The broker will receive $2,500 for each potential buyer it finds. As of last week, the borough had yet to receive any offers, Dick said.

Trash collection

As a contract between Nickolich Sanitation and Pitcairn Borough nears an end, officials are seeking bidders for future trash collection. An official from East Pittsburgh recommended Big's Sanitation, based in Belle Vernon, said Council President John Prucnal. He said the price could be favorable, based on the information provided.

“Whenever we put these (bids) out, we'll see who we get, but this guy is already collecting for North Versailles, Rostraver, Wall and some other area school districts,” Prucnal said.

Big's also offers computer and TV pickup, which is a plus, said George Burkhardt, chariman of the borough sanitation committee. Council will discuss its options as offers roll in, Burkhardt said.

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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