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Manor Council OKs cheaper-than-expected paving bid

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Parts of three Manor streets are on the paving program for this summer.

Council last week accepted a bid from A. Folino Construction of Oakmont to pave Lora Drive, from Mt. Pleasant Boulevard to Longview Drive; Mt. Pleasant Boulevard, from Fairview Drive to Sandy Hill Road; and Rowe Road, for 400 feet from the Crimson Drive intersection toward Route 993.

Borough engineer Ed Antonacci said the firm's price of $141,929 was the lowest of nine bids, which he described as possibly the most Manor has had in several years.

Officials initially estimated the cost to be around $172,000. The highest bid was for $167,142.

“We got excellent prices,” Antonacci said. “The timing was right with the bids.”

In the cases of Lora and Mt. Pleasant, the selected road sections build off paving work completed last year on Longview and Fairview.

Mayor David Sturgess said he was pleased that a portion of Rowe also was on the list this year after some requests by residents. Sturgess said he is hopeful the borough can complete other parts of Rowe in the coming years.

Tower ordinance

Telecommunication towers would be limited to properties zoned for agricultural or industrial uses if council passes a proposed amendment to the borough's zoning ordinance later this year.

The amendment that council is advertising also would designate towers as a conditional use, which means mean tower owners would have to go through a public hearing before receiving approval, Solicitor John Campfield said. The proposed ordinance also requires towers to be at least one mile apart.

Councilwoman Dawn Lynn said the borough planning commission unanimously recommended on April 15 that council pass the amendment. There are no towers in the borough now, Lynn said, but NTP Wireless has inquired about placing a tower in Lower Manor Park.

Council has scheduled a public hearing on the amendment for June 19 at 6:30 p.m. It's possible council could act on the amendment at the regular meeting following the hearing.

Nuisance cats

Plagued by dozens of feral cats that defecate in their driveway and yard, Nick and Toni Michel are asking council to consider empowering an animal-control officer to trap and pick up free-roaming felines.

The Michels, who have lived on Observatory Street for 43 years, said they have to clean up feces left in their gravel driveway. They consider the cats to be nuisances that keep them from enjoying their porch during warm weather or planting flowers in their yard.

Officials said their animal-control contract with Ferree Kennels only specifies responses for dog complaints, but council agreed to explore possible solutions for the Michels.

WWMA appointee

Council appointed Manager Joe Lapia to serve as the borough's lone representative on the Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority Board.

Lapia replaces former Council President Chuck Konkus, who resigned because he moved to Penn Township. Konkus now serves as one of the township's appointees to the board.

Lapia's term expires at the end of 2017.

Summer help

Borough resident Nicholas Speranza will work in a temporary capacity for the public works department this summer.

Council hired Speranza from a field of four applicants. His salary will be $8.50 an hour to work 40 hours a week for about 10 weeks.

Meeting schedule

Instead of its usual schedule, council will meet only once a month — on the third Wednesday — in May, June, July and August.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or

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