Grocery reopens as 'Delmont Market'
After a one-day closure, the Athena Drive supermarket has reopened with a new name — “Delmont Market.”
The store's early July closure coincided with owner Doug Hayes dropping his affiliation with Shop N Save last month. It is now an independent grocery.
A grand reopening will be scheduled for later this month, Hayes said.
Also, Delmont Mayor Gill Sanchez — who bags groceries at the store once a month as a mayoral outreach program — said a power outage caused Hayes to lose about “half of his inventory” when power to the store's coolers and freezers went out last month.
Engineering bill sparks questions
Council Vice President Randy Cupps has questioned a $480 engineering bill from the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority.
The bill reimbursed the authority for an engineering review of the plans drawn up by borough engineers for the Cramer Pump Station, Cupps said.
Solicitor Dan Hewitt said the borough never requested a second review.
“They're not likely needed to bless it or to touch it,” Hewitt said.
Cupps said the bill was paid by council in June. Hewitt said he would review the bill and contact authority officials and ask for the $480 to be refunded to the borough.
Authority manager Jim Brucker said the engineering bill was not forwarded to the borough.
However, Hewitt said the borough received an invoice for the review.
Pump station update
Council soon will know how much the upcoming Cramer Pump Station project will cost.
Bids for the project were expected to be opened Wednesday and reviewed later this month.
Hewitt said a contract could be awarded as early as August.
Council approved the purchase of a new backhoe from Cleveland Brothers in Murrysville last week for $82,255.
The borough will pay $1,473 each month for the equipment for the next five years.
Council members said they had hoped to spend no more than $1,000 per month on the backhoe, but officials weren't willing to extend the loan to seven years.
Unlike the previous machine, the new backhoe won't be use to transport salt. Instead, it will be used for other projects throughout the borough, including digging for storm sewer pipes, Heaps said. The older machine will be kept on hand to haul salt and in cases where two backhoes are needed simultaneously.
Council met for about 30 minutes after the meeting in executive session. Hewitt said officials discussed a discipline issue with a member of borough personnel and two litigation issues related to zoning.
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