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Paving project part of $1.2 million road improvement plan in Richland

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Submitted | Pine Creek Journal
Richland officially observed Good Government Week -- April 14 to 20 -- with an outdoor picture taking session with assorted elected officials and township employees, including, from left, Ray Kendrick, vice chairman of the Richland Board of Supervisors, Richland Supervisor John Marshall, Jim Kelly, fire chief of Richland Volunteer Fire Department; Richland Supervisor George 'Skip' Allen and Sgt. John Sicilia of the Northern Regional Police Department.

Streets in the Yorktown housing development are among roads slated for resurfacing this year as part of Richland Township's $1.2 million road improvement plan.

Richland supervisors unanimously voted April 3 to accept bids from Shields Asphalt Paving and Youngblood Paving to repave about a dozen township roads, plus, a parking lot and Community Park Road in Richland Community Park.

The supervisors also approved bids from Russell Standard to apply sealcoat to South Montour and North Montour roads for approximately $113,000 as part of the road improvements package.

Richland roads scheduled for repaving are: Applewood Drive, Bruton Drive, Carters Grove Drive, Chowning Court, Fairfield Drive, Fisher Road, Kenneth Drive, Heckert Road (North), Raleigh Court, Watters Lane, Woodhill Drive (Applewood Drive to Lamont Drive) and Yorktown Drive.

Also getting a makeover is the township's online site.

Richland supervisors unanimously voted April 17 to accept a proposal from Computers Made Easy Inc. (CME) of Westmoreland County to redesign and maintain the township's website.

“It's going to be a complete modernization,” Richland Township Manager Dean Bastianini said about the forthcoming online overhaul.

CME Inc. proposed to do the work for $2,800 to $3,600, compared to an offer by Perfection Services, Inc. (PSI) to perform the task for $7,800.

The April 17 meeting also featured an outdoor picture-taking session with Richland Township vehicles, elected officials and employees to observe April 14 through April 20 as Local Government Week.

Bastianini read a proclamation recognizing the contributions of Richland officials, employees and volunteers to acknowledge “their essential role in the quality of life in the community.”

“People might think only bad things happen when government is involved,” Bastianini said.

“When there is mind-numbing stalemate between the president and Congress, or blatant partisanship in the legislature in Harrisburg, or petty bickering among members of Pittsburgh City Council, we in local government get painted with the same brush,” Bastianini said. “When the headlines feature one scandal after another ... it is important to know that there are some governments that try to do things the right way.”

Earlier this month, the Allegheny League of Municipalities named Richland among 21 “banner communities” in Allegheny County.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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