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Penn residents lobby for Brookside to be paved

| Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 7:52 p.m.

Concerned about the condition of their street, homeowners on Brookside Drive want the Penn Township commissioners to add their road to the township's paving program next year.

Greg Plummer, who was one of three residents to address commissioners on the road's condition last week, said the original contractor for the street off Claridge-Export Road never completed the final grading of the road.

Because occasional patch work has been the only maintenance to the road, there are small potholes on Brookside, residents said. They also complained that the street frequently ices over during the winter months because of drainage issues.

“It needs done,” said Plummer, who has lived on Brookside for 18 years. “It's embarrassing.”

Another homeowner, Brian Pivar, said he can't remember a time when the road was “truly in acceptable fashion” — except for when he first moved in 15 years ago.

Manager Bruce Light, who surveyed the road last week, conceded that it is in “very, very poor condition.” But he also said Brookside's condition is comparable to “probably dozens” of other roads in the township.

Light said the commissioners anticipate embarking on a major road program in 2014 and 2015 that would include a professional assessment of all of the township's roads to rank them by condition and determine when they should be paved.

“We have a lot of bad roads we're trying to play catch up with,” Commissioner Paul Wersing said.

Hearings set

Commissioners set Oct. 7 as the new date for public hearings for two proposed zoning changes.

A hearing on Brian and Lisa Bortz's request to rezone a home on Harrison City-Export Road from R-2 residential to business will be at 7 p.m.

CSW Financial LLC's request to change 19.7 acres on Hyland Road to R-3 residential for multifamily homes will be at 7:30 p.m. That property is zoned for business and agricultural uses.

Commissioners had to reschedule the hearings from the original date of Sept. 9 because they were improperly advertised, Manager Bruce Light said.

Truck purchase

At their Monday meeting, commissioners agreed to spend $80,418 to buy a new mechanic's truck for the public-works department.

Township officials say the 2014 Ford F-550 will replace a 1999 Chevrolet truck that they want to sell.

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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