Belle Vernon plans sewer work
Crews soon will repair broken sewer lines beneath Blind Lane.
On Monday, resident Neil Roberts asked the borough to repair a defective line along the edge of his property – in the same area as the planned project.
Mayor Gerald Jackson said the project engineer would check the pipe beneath Roberts' residence.
Rather than have the borough street crew perform the work separately, the issue along Roberts' property on Coal Alley likely will be added to the already-planned project, Jackson said.
The Blind Lane work is scheduled to begin in two weeks. It is a part of an ongoing project aimed at repairing old sewerage infrastructure, council President Joseph Minnitti said. It began with wastewater and rainwater sewer separation work, funded primarily through grants.
In other business, council agreed to continue paying fuel and utility bills for the fire department, but demanded invoices in the future.
Solicitor Mark Galper noted that the matter does not involve the amount of the bills, but rather accountability when using public money.
The department will be required in the future to submit copies of its bills before they are paid.
In other news, Galper said the borough will file suit seeking to tear down a property at 513 Main St. The property has been vacant for many years and is in poor condition.
The borough has for several years attempted unsuccessfully to contact members of the Offutt family, who own it. Galper said he even attempted to reach family members living in the state of Indiana.
The Fayette County Tax Bureau soon will make the property available in an upset sale. Any buyer could be liable for past taxes, judgments and liens.
In other news, Councilwoman Mary Beth Secleter said crews from North Belle Vernon painted crossing lane lines on Broad Avenue in the vicinity of the Southwest Regional Police station.
The borough will send a letter to PennDOT asking that school crossing signs be erected there.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- For some, pathway to Thanksgiving often bumpy
- Accounting career adds up for Fallowfield native
- 2 Monessen men ordered to stand trial in 2012 murder
- No need to eat alone on Thanksgiving in Mon Valley
- Spending dispute emerges in Monessen
- Mon Valley Hose and Fitting opens
- Monongahela Valley Hospital celebrates annual Light-Up Night
- 18th annual ‘Chow-Chow’ luncheon set in Rostraver
- Driving, drug charges filed against Monessen man
- Two-mill tax hike proposed in Monongahela
- West Brownsville mother, daughter collaborate on children’s tale