Millers Lane residents want a piece of paving budget

| Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Plum officials have made plans to pave nearly 20 streets this summer to the tune of almost $1 million.

Residents of Millers Lane would have liked to have had their street on the list.

“The road has turned into a complete disaster,” Walter Berkowski of Millers Lane said last month. “That road needs to be paved.”

Councilman Leonard Szarmach said the road, particularly the upper portion near the intersection with Saltsburg Road, is in “bad shape.”

In addition to some uneven pavement on the entire mile-long stretch, the Plum Borough Municipal Authority dug trenches to install water lines on the upper portion of the road, said Szarmach, public-works committee chairman.

The authority paved over the area where the trenches were dug, which created an uneven surface.

“It was a real mess (during the water-line work),” said Cathy Zelahy of Millers Lane.

“They dug out half of one side of the road and half of the other and paved over it. It is better now than how it was (with the trenches dug up).”

“I'd like to see them pave it right away,” said Zelahy who has lived on Millers Lane for 38 years.

Szarmach said he would like to see the job completed immediately, as well.

But the cost, estimated at more than $1 million to repave Millers Lane, makes it a challenge to do in one paving season.

“It would be $1 million-plus,” Szarmach said. “It's not in the budget now.”

Borough officials also have delayed work on Millers Lane because they don't know what the Plum School District plans to do with Regency Park Elementary School in the future.

Regency Park enrolls the fewest students — about 240 — among the district's five elementary buildings.

That number will decrease to four buildings with the demolition of Adlai Stevenson and construction of the new Holiday Park Elementary expected to start this fall.

If the school remains open, the borough's recommendation calls for installing sidewalks and flashing school-zone lights, which would increase costs.

Plum School Board President Andrew Drake said a decision about Regency Park is at least a couple of years away.

“We don't want to waste borough money and put in sidewalks that won't be used,” Szarmach said.

“We won't do the lower section until the board decides.

Szarmach said officials are considering repaving the upper portion of Millers Lane during next year's paving season.

“We are thinking about making it a priority for spring,” Szarmach said.

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

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