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Irwin officials say they're on track with roads program

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Irwin officials hope to get an early start on the 2013 road program.

Engineer Lucien Bove and public-works director Jim Halfhill plan to compile a list of roads for the resurfacing program for council's consideration during the Feb. 13 meeting.

“We went through the entire borough and made a list of every street and prioritized each based on their condition,” Halfhill said. “Every year, we update that list and make sure we include anything urgent in the road program.”

Bove said one area he expects to include in the road program is Pennsylvania Avenue, from Main Street to the municipal line. The road is heavily traveled, but the pavement is cracked and needs to be fixed, he said.

The portion of the road should have been fixed last year, but officials passed after construction on the borough's Streetscapes project began, and a utility line needed to be replaced, Halfhill said.

“Irwin is always on the ball and insistent that we get started early,” Bove said. “Because of that, we usually get some good prices that way.”

Manager Mary Benko said council budgeted approximately $235,000 for this year's road program.

In other news:

• Irwin council plans to hold a special meeting tonight, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m., to discuss personnel and general business.

• Council canceled its Feb. 7 workshop meeting, due to the Irwin Business & Professional Association's Chili and Wing Thing event.

The workshop meeting is rescheduled for Feb. 13 at 6 p.m., prior to the regularly scheduled voting meeting.

• Council appointed Tim Watson to the zoning hearing board with a 6-0 vote. Councilwoman Peggy Watson abstained from the vote.

His term expires on Dec. 31, 2015.

• Council unanimously accepted the resignation of part-time police officer Michelle Smirga.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or

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