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Shissler pleased with early 2013 Delmont finances

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Things are looking good financially in Delmont.

Finance committee member Andy Shissler said last week that the borough has about $200,000 in its general fund. Typically, the first few months of the year are tough for smaller municipalities as tax revenue hasn't begun to come in. In years past, Delmont officials have secured a tax-anticipation loan to help pay borough expenses until an influx of money is paid to the borough.

Not this year.

“Things are looking good,” Shissler said.

Gasline negotiations continue

Dominion petitioned Delmont officials earlier this month to negotiate rights to a sliver of municipal land along the edge of Shields Farm where a gas line must be replaced.

State Department of Transportation requirements are forcing the company to replace a 869-foot pipeline with thicker pipe walls, said Andy Lasser of Dominion. Thicker pipes are required for communities with larger populations, he said. Delmont's population has grown greatly since the line was installed many years ago.

The line isn't far from another pipeline Dominion is working on. While negotiations are under way for the right to access both pipelines, Council President Jim Bortz questioned how many more times Dominion will come to council seeking permission to dig.

“You guys have always been good neighbors,” Bortz said. “But when is it going to end?”

Traffic study not required

Delmont officials agreed to not require Speedway to complete a traffic study at the intersection of Route 66 and Manor Road.

The convenience store-gas station complex is proposed near the site of the former Carney's Corner Restaurant, which burned down in November. Speedway officials are eying the Kunkle property along Route 66 but were reluctant to conduct a second traffic study, borough engineer Gary Baird said. PennDOT is requiring a traffic study

“We don't know what the impact will be — I'm not a traffic consultant,” Baird said. “But I'd rather see us have it looked into now, rather than later at a cost to the borough.”

The state is requiring the company conduct a traffic study along Pittsburgh Street, Baird said. Speedway, which is considering opening six locations throughout the region, expects about 4,600 trips in and out of the proposed business daily.

Both Manor Road and Route 66 are state roads, officials said. Council directed Baird to not require the additional study.

“This business could bring in revenue to Delmont Borough,” Bortz said.

Donation

Brian Harhai, owner of The New Team Kunkles car dealership, donated a CPR dummy to the borough this month.

Mayor Gill Sanchez said he plans to talk with the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department about offering CPR classes to the community.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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