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3 miles of Pine Twp. roads to get resurfaced

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A dozen Pine streets are scheduled to receive facelifts.

Pine supervisors voted May 6 to accept a lone bid from Shields Asphalt Paving to resurface three miles of township roads at a cost of $1,590,000.

Roads scheduled for repaving include: Karrastyn Court, Colony Court, Essex Court, Devon Court and Foxford Court — all in the Karrington Woods housing plan.

In the Avonlea Estates housing plan, the following roads will be resurfaced: Ponderosa Court, Ivy Drive, Myrtle Court and Tierra Vista Drive, from Ivy Drive to the cul-de-sac.

South Lake Drive and Treeline Drive — both in Treesdale — also will be repaved.

The 2013 resurfacing projects also include Lyndhurst Circle — from Route 910 to Emmett Road — and spot paving on Manor Road, plus, the re-alignment of South Chapel Drive's intersection with Route 910, near the H2O Auto Wash.

“The current intersection meets Route 910 at an angle, which sometimes makes it difficult to enter or exit,” said Scott Anderson, assistant manager of Pine Township. “The reconstruction will make it a 90-degree, “T” intersection with Route 910.”

Pine supervisors also voted May 6 to accept a bid by Matcon Diamond Inc. of Pittsburgh to seal cracks on township roads for $49,000.

New employees

The May 6 meeting opened with swearing-in ceremonies for two new employees of Northern Regional Police Department.

New officer Jennifer A. Dempsey, 24, formerly worked for the police departments in McDonald Borough and Hannover Township, both in Washington County.

New officer Ryan G. Olszewski formerly worked for City of Arnold Police Department in Westmoreland County.

Water wells

Franklin Road neighbors of proposed Emerald Fields, a 277-acre housing plan, also attended the meeting to request Pine supervisors' aid in ensuring the quality of their existing water wells.

The neighbors want Pine's supervisors to make Emerald Fields developer Patrick Minnock responsible for any possible damage to their wells caused by the future development of Emerald Fields.

“We feel we need to have our drinking water sources protected,” said Sharon Scheidemantle of Franklin Road.

Scheidemantle asked the supervisors to include language in future agreements with the developer that will ensure such protection.

“Is this something you can do for us,” asked Glenn Sieber, another Franklin Road resident.

Mike Dennehy, chairman of the Pine supervisors, urged Scheidemantle and Sieber, as neighbors of developer Minnock, to share their concerns with Minnock.

“You would have more leverage than we would,” Dennehy said. “We will use whatever leverage we have, which is limited.”

Dennehy also urged Scheidemantle and Sieber to repeat their concerns at whatever future meeting of Pine supervisors, including a scheduled vote on Minnock's application for final approval of Emerald Fields.

Minnock already has preliminary approval for the planned residential development of half-million dollar homes. Minnock plans to build Emerald Fields in five phases by the end of 2016.

Anderson, assistant manager of Pine, said the township currently requires baseline testing of water wells near proposed developments. If a neighbor later claims damage to a well, the neighbor then must seek remediation, according to Anderson.

“We cannot mandate that a developer pay for a new well,” Anderson said. “But we do require the baseline testing.”

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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