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Completed paving work in Export to cost $18,000

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 8:39 p.m.

Export officials will have to pony up more money for the now-completed flood-control project.

Officials plan to borrow about $18,000 to pay a final bill that stemmed from the state-managed project. The bill is for a series of paving jobs completed in the borough at the same time as the Turtle Creek flood-control project, Council President Barry Delissio said.

Solicitor Wes Long said the borough will take out a loan with the Joseph “Junior” Hall Trust to pay the bill.

No more bills at the bank

The borough officially terminated its agreement with First Commonwealth Bank that enabled residents to pay their sewage bills in person on April 1. Councilman Clay Soles said bank officials would offer a one-month grace period where the borough wouldn't be charged any fees if an errant resident paid their bill.

Export terminated the agreement last month after the bank increased the monthly fee levied on the borough. Beginning in December, the bank required the borough to pay a $1-per-bill processing fee, with a minimum fee of $100 per month.

Council voted to end the agreement in February after being required to pay at least $35 in additional fees in previous months. At one time, as many as 250 residents would pay their bills through the bank. However, that number decreased to 60 to 65.

Council seeking Italy Road help

Council members said they want to see Italy Road — which is owned and maintained by the state — worked on soon.

Councilman John Nagoda asked the borough to send a letter to the state and to state Rep. Eli Evankovich asking for the road to be paved soon. The road is filled with potholes, he said.

“I want to know when they're planning on paving that road in the borough proper,” Nagoda said. “It's getting bad.”

Candidate offered electrical work

Nagoda suggested offering a work contract to James Mahinske, an Export resident who regularly completes electrical work for the borough. Typically, Nagoda said, Mahinske — who is seeking one of four nominations for council on the Democratic ballot this month — responds quickly when called to fix an electrical problem.

“It's a good situation; let's keep it good,” Nagoda said. “I'm just trying to protect what we got.”

Long snuffed out the idea and said that the borough would have to put the work out to bid if a full contract was offered.

“Let's just continue to hire Jimmy as needed,” Long said.

Church to be painted

An Export painter will repaint a former church that borough officials hope to one day use as a historical center.

Smith and Thatcher Painting was awarded a contract last month to paint the former church. The cost of the project is not to exceed $8,100.

“We need to paint the whole damned thing,” Nagoda said.

Part of the interior of the building was painted by volunteers from Cornerstone Ministries during a service weekend in 2012. However, Nagoda said much of the building — including several doors and window frames — still needs to be painted.

“We have to preserve the asset,” Long said.

The borough owns the building.

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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