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Penn Township's summer paving project to begin

| Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 8:07 p.m.

The summer paving program soon will begin in Penn Township now that commissioners have awarded an asphalt-milling contract to Donegal Construction.

Commissioners last week approved a $125,491 contract for Greensburg-based Donegal, which was the lowest of four bidders.

Township Engineer Don Black said Monday that the contract likely would be closed within a week.

Donegal will provide the milling services for the eastern roads on the project list first so the township road crew can follow up with the paving, Black said.

The western roads will be done about three weeks later.

The roads on the project list are:

• Chestnut Lane, from Berlin Road to Route 993.

• Main Street, from Gombach Road to Riverside Drive.

• Ader Road, from Boquet Road to Holloway Farms Driving Range.

• McDermott Road, from Murrysville Road to Hemlock Road.

• Boxcartown Road, from 150 feet north of Campbell Road to Palm Court.

• McWilliams Road, from Kuehn Drive almost to William Drive.

• Seanor Road, picking up from a section completed off Pleasant Valley Road last year to Long Drive.

• Nancy Drive, from Marilou Drive to Martha Avenue.

• Government Road, from Painterstown Road to Sunrise Estates Elementary School.

• Sutherland Road, from Oakford Park Road to 224 Sutherland.

• McWilliams Road, from Kuehn Drive to Route 130.

Fire response

Firefighters from all five of the township's volunteer fire departments now will be called for a structure fire at any time of the day.

Previously, all five departments were called only from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and fewer departments were called during other hours.

The five departments, which have been working together on consolidating equipment purchases and other cooperative arrangements, notified the township of the change by letter in March.

Last week, commissioners voted to update that information to pass along to Westmoreland County emergency officials.

Manager Bruce Light said the fire chiefs wanted to ensure there are enough firefighters to respond to a call.

Ag security

The Agricultural Security Area, or ASA, in Penn Township has shrunken by 64 acres.

After a routine state-mandated review conducted by a volunteer board, commissioners last week approved modifications to the ASA, which now covers 3,710 acres on 133 parcels in the township.

Because participation by landowners in the ASA is voluntary, some chose to add more acreage, while others chose to opt out. Penn Township conducts the review every seven years.

According to the state Department of Agriculture, participants in the area may receive special consideration regarding local ordinances affecting farming activities and nuisance complaints.

Participation is among the prerequisites for applying for a county farmland-preservation program.

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

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