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New Eagle Council asks residents to pay garbage collection fees, clear sidewalks

| Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, 12:07 a.m.

New Eagle officials had a warning Thursday for borough residents – clear your sidewalks of snow and ice and pay your current garbage collection fees or face citations.

Speaking at the regular monthly meeting of council, Mayor Glenn Petticord served notice that the borough has an ordinance requiring residents to clear sidewalks in front of their homes of snow and ice and plans to enforce it.

“If they don't clean up their sidewalks, we're probably going to have to cite them,” Petticord said. “It's going to be 40-some degrees this next week. Now's the time to do something.”

Petticord said local postal officials have complained that it is sometimes difficult to deliver mail to some residents who don't shovel paths to their homes.

Council President Jack Fine said the borough also will begin citing those who do not pay their garbage collection fees. Fine and Petticord agreed that at $99 annually, New Eagle has possibly the lowest rate in the area.

Still, Fine said roughly 20 percent of the residents are delinquent.

Borough Secretary Linda Hall said some residents who were cited last year have already paid the fee this year. Fine said that could be indicative that citing delinquent accounts is effective.

In other news, council terminated its contract with Code Enforcement Associates and voted to hire its engineering firm, HMT, to provide code enforcement services.

“I think we'll be a lot better off,” Fine said.

Petticord said the decision to drop CEA was made because of “poor response time.”

Council also approved a new, three-year contract covering the borough's two public works employees. They will receive 33-cents-an-hour raises in each year of the pact.

“I think it's a good contract for both sides,” Fine said.

In other business, the board approved a $10,350 contract with Schaaf Excavating and Contracting of South Park to remove a vacant building that formerly housed The Hawk's Nest, located at 127 Union St.

Solicitor Tim Berggren said Schaaf submitted the lowest responsible bid, noting it contained no qualifications.

“It will be a blessing for us and the residents down there,” Petticord said of the planned razing.

Washington County recently awarded a bid for the razing of a vacant structure at 335 Madison St. The structure should come down by spring.

Councilman Barry Williams was appointed to a vacancy on the municipal authority.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or