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Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 12:56 a.m.

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

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