Murrysville officials seek fair fowl restrictions
Murrysville officials still are trying to find a home for fowl in the municipality.
The municipal planning commission is working on a series of regulations that would dictate how chickens and other fowl can be housed. Councilman Josh Lorenz, council's liaison to the commission, said the board is considering expanding the regulations to include all domestic poultry and potentially small animals that “fit in a shoe box.”
Officials want to make sure any new regulation doesn't supersede existing ordinances, he said.
“We don't want to run afoul of any of them,” Lorenz said. “For now, they're in the planning and preliminary draft stages.”
Street paving advertised
Murrysville officials plan to spend up to $1 million on street paving and repairs this summer.
The annual paving project will include nearly 42,000 feet of roads, including portions of Adams Court, Brison Court, Benden Circle, Chelstead Drive, Covington Court, Holly Court, Michel Court, Millstream Drive, Overlook Court, Lyons Trail Drive, Ridgemont Court, Shady Drive, Spruce Drive, Boreland Farm Road, Ashbaugh Road, Florida Street, Jones Farm Road, Kohosek Court, Meadowbrook Road and Twin Oaks Drive.
The project will be awarded as early as April.
Repairs topark house
Council last month agreed to spend $16,520 to a Warren County construction firm for repairs to the Townsend Park caretaker's house.
The building was erected in 1981 and cost the municipality $20,000. Chief administrator Jim Morrison said extensive work — including the removal of wood siding, windows, doors gutters, downspouts and fascia — is needed on the exterior of the building. New elements will include vinyl trim and siding; energy-efficient windows and doors; and new fascia, gutters and downspouts.
The exterior work will be performed by Faul Construction of Sheffield. Interior work is being completed by the municipal public-works department, Morrison said.
Murrysville officials want to reallocate money planned to be used as part of a radio upgrade project to pay for upgrades to the traffic signals along Route 22.
Early estimates show that the upgrade would cost as little as $50,000. However, Morrison expects the total to be closer to $115,000. Officials want to fix the timing of several lights along Route 22 from Trafford Road to Triangle Lane.
Morrison said the money allotted for the radio project is not needed because local fire departments procured a state grant to fund the project.
Council met in executive session for about 30 minutes to discuss a legal issue.
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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