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New Eagle crews to conserve salt supplies

| Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Dwindling salt supplies in local communities are making conditions difficult for road crews and residents, including those in New Eagle.

At Tuesday's monthly meeting, New Eagle council members reported a minimum amount of road salt remaining – only about 40 tons that was delivered Tuesday.

More salt orders are on back order, leading to road crews to try and prioritize which roads to treat.

A borough road crew employee told council that until more salt is delivered, they will only plow – not salt – flat roads. The current stock of salt will be used only as necessary on hills and intersections.

Mechanical problems to two of the plow trucks recently hampered the roads crew's efforts as well. The trucks have since been repaired.

In other business, it was announced that no parking signs will be placed on both sides of Short Drive due to a continuing issue with a vehicle blocking the road near Riverview Baptist Church. The signs will alleviate the concern that emergency vehicles could not access the narrow roadway when another vehicle is parked there.

In financial matters, Solicitor Tim Berggren updated council on the progress of a $20,000 grant the borough is attempting to acquire through the Washington County Local Share Account program. Berggren recently presented the borough's request to the Local Share Account Review Committee for a slice of gaming revenue from The Meadows Racetrack & Casino in North Strabane Township.

New Eagle and Finleyville boroughs partnered to ask the committee for $20,000 to make ordinance revisions.

Council President Jack Fine recently said his borough and Finleyville hope to jointly contract to update and codify their ordinances.

The review committee will make its suggestions to the Washington County commissioners, who will have the final say on how the $5 million will be distributed.

Miranda Startare is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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