West View officials seek grant to pay for bridge-repair project
West View officials say they hope a county grant will pay for a $250,000 bridge-repair project.
At its Feb. 13 meeting, the West View council approved the submission of a grant application to the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, or RAAC, to fund repairs for the Martsolf Bridge.
West View officials are seeking $250,000 to repair the bridge, which was identified by PennDOT as needing beam repairs.
The bridge, which is on Martsolf Avenue, runs over Center Avenue. It is open and on a six-month inspections schedule, said Jason Zang, acting bridge engineer with PennDOT District 11. The weight limit for the bridge was dropped from 8 tons to 7 tons in June, and if it drops to 3 tons, it must be closed, Zang said.
“If we don't get this grant, we'll have to find borough money to repair it,” borough engineer Bob Zischkau said.
Zischkau said he expects to hear back from the RAAC in six to eight weeks.
Council also approved issuing two procurement cards — one for borough manager and police Chief Bruce Fromlak and one for public-works coordinator Joe Assisi.
The cards, which work like credit cards, are offered through the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust, or PLGIT, a local-government investment pool based in Harrisburg that provides the cards and investment options for municipalities and school districts.
Fromlak said West View only is obtaining the cards and will not use PLGIT's investment services.
He said the cards will enable borough officials to purchase items online, and the borough will receive rebates based on the amount of expenditures.
Fromlak said the cards will be used for things such as a new police cruiser and public-works supplies. He estimates the borough could get as much as $10,000 back at the end of the year.
“These are things we've budgeted for and were planning to buy anyway,” he said. “We might as well get a little return on our money.”
Previously, Fromlak said, he made online purchases with his personal credit cards, and the borough reimbursed him.
Fromlak said the assistant treasurer and the finance committee will review all purchases.
Despite an inch and a half of fresh snow, roads in West View were clear on Feb. 13, after the borough faced a severe shortage the previous week.
Fromlak said at the meeting that night that West View currently has about 450 tons of salt and that it takes 45 to 50 tons to salt roads each time the trucks go out. Another 50-ton delivery was expected.
“A week ago, we were sweating it, but we're good now,” Fromlak said. “Let's just hope this weather settles down.”
When West View ran out of salt in early February, it borrowed 20 tons from Ross Township that has been returned.
The council also approved the purchase of a $26,896 2014 Ford police car from Woltz & Wind Ford in Heidelberg. The vehicle purchase was planned and incorporated into the 2014 borough budget.
Kelsey Shea is a staff writer at Trib Total Media. Reach her at email@example.com or at 724-772-6353.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.