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Trafford to assess condition of First Street sewer line

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

After finding two collapsed storm-sewer sections under First Street, Trafford officials want a contractor to use cameras to assess the line to determine if other repairs are necessary.

Last week, council voted 6-0, with Henry Schultz absent, to pay $5,000 to State Pipe Services of Cranberry Township to take video of sewer line.

Borough engineer Don Glenn said borough officials decided it was beneficial to evaluate the condition of the entire 60-inch sewer line in case there are other problems with it.

Officials already know about a collapse in the line near the parking area for Irwin Interiors System and a collapsed sewer inlet at the First Street intersection with Adrian Avenue. Glenn didn't give an estimate for how much those repairs could cost.

The safety of eight homes along the First Street line was one of the reasons officials cited for taking video of the line.

“For liability reasons, I really think we need to know if there's any movement happening there,” Councilman Casey Shoub said.

Audit report

Councilman John Daykon said an audit report of borough operations in 2012 “significantly improved” from the previous year.

Auditing firm Maher Duessel found that Trafford is “moving in a very positive direction” after it turned in a recommendation report that was about a page and a half instead of the eight-page report from 2011, Daykon said.

Among the changes since the last report, council consolidated borough accounts from 17 to four to better manage finances and put policies into place to ensure expenses are paid from the assigned budgeted line item.

Councilwoman Vicki Megon credited Daykon, who became finance chairman in March 2012, for the good report.

“He's done a phenomenal job in a very short period of time from taking us from one end of the scale to the other and implementing a lot of policies and procedures that should have been in place,” she said.

Auction block?

Trafford's old police station might hit the auction block after nobody submitted a bid by council's June 17 deadline to buy the building at Brinton Avenue and Fifth Street.

Borough officials decided to look into the cost of using an auctioneer to sell the property.

“We need to get rid of it,” Megon said. “It's an asset that could make us a little bit of money.”

Council was hoping to receive a bid of least $80,000 for the building, which has been empty since the police moved into the public safety building last year.

Pension increases

After no increase in their pension payments since 2006, former Trafford police chiefs Charles Noll and Ron Troy are getting a 3-percent increase in their pensions for this year, retroactive to Jan. 1.

Daykon said the 3-percent raise doesn't come close to the increase they would have received over the past seven years if council had been giving the former chiefs an annual raise tied to the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA. That rate now is 1.6 percent, Daykon said.

“I think 3 percent is the least we can do,” he said.

Council members said they intend to grant an annual cost-of-living raise to police pension recipients starting in 2014.

Board appointee

Another former Trafford Recreation Board member is returning to the board.

Dominick Frollini Jr. is joining his wife, Rosemary, whom council brought back onto the board in April.

One seat remains open on the board.

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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