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Logan's Ferry area a target of road improvement plan

| Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

Plum officials are looking at spending nearly $1 million for road and infrastructure improvements.

Borough council Monday night is expected to consider spending about $700,000 to repave nearly 20 streets, a dozen of which are located in the Logans Ferry section of Plum.

“Logans Ferry needs it horribly,” Mayor Richard Hrivnak said during council's work session earlier this week.

The streets under consideration are Allegheny Avenue, Cherry Way, Cliff Avenue, Dell Avenue, Dombroski Avenue, Kertis Avenue, Memorial Drive, Plum Avenue, Shady Avenue, Short Street, Summit Avenue and Zandona Street, all in Logans Ferry.

The other borough streets on the list are Clements Road; Anderson Lane; Scott Road, from Francis to Unity Center; Meadow Hill Drive; and Center Hill Road.

Assistant Manager Greg Bachy said another project on the infrastructure improvement list is a storm-sewer replacement on Clements Road at Halliwell Drive. The project is expected to cost about $200,000.

Bachy hopes to have recommendations for council next month for a vote to award contracts for the work.

“We want to get an early start and get the bid packages out this month,” Bachy said.

Another project, a storm-sewer replacement on Oblock Road from the intersections of Great Smokey Drive to Alcan Drive, is proposed to be done by the borough public-works staff, Bachy said.

The money for the projects is expected to be gleaned from $955,000 in the street-improvement and liquid-fuels funds.

Council members Monday night also are expected to consider scheduling public hearings at 6 and 6:15 p.m. March 4 to hear comments about two structures the building and code enforement department has deemed unsafe. The times are before the 7 p.m. council work session.

Assistant planning Director Jason Straley said the structures are the former Cityview Tavern at 2000 Logans Ferry Road and a residential building at 9049 Oak Street in the borough's Renton section. Both structures are part of estates.

Straley said the Logans Ferry Road building is dilapidated, the floor has collapsed and a garage in the back is falling down.

Also, the house on Oak Street is in “deplorable condition,” Straley said.

“Numerous neighbors have complained about it,” Straley said. “There is a large hole in the roof that is letting in the elements.”

Straley said if borough council votes to declare the structures unsafe, the owners would be sent notices to demolish the buildings within 10 days.

Council on Monday night also is expected to consider three appointments to the Plum Borough Community Library board of directors.

Manager Michael Thomas said five residents have indicated interest in serving on the board.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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