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Scottdale Council awards bid for 2013 paving program

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Scottdale Borough Council approved a $111,706 bid for the 2013 paving program and acquired stray feline services.

Tresco Paving of Pittsburgh was the lowest bidder for the paving program, beating out nine other bidders.

Borough Manager Angelo Pallone said approximately $130,000 was budgeted for the project, which will start after the necessary steps and paperwork is filled out and approved.

Solicitor Gerald Yanity said Tresco Paving had its bid bond completed and its proposal in order.

In other business, the council voted to have a stray feline service through Hoffman Kennels, with whom the borough has a stray dog service.

“We have a cat problem,” Pallone said.

The council entered the monthly contract with Hoffman Kennels after receiving numerous reports of cats in the borough displaying signs of rabies. Pallone said there was no other choice, but to call Hoffman Kennels and were informed the company also handles felines.

The contract charges the borough $55 per call and capture the cat. If the owner of the cat is identified that is who will be charged the $55.

In other business:

• Council voted to approve the purchase of a Greenmachine, a sweeper-like device used to clean permeable and porous surfaces like concrete surfaces and parking areas. The cost of the machine was not available, but Pallone said it will be purchased through grant money.

• Council voted to pass a request for a “no parking” sign and yellow being painted on a curb at the entrance at Frank Kapr Funeral Home, only if Kapr pays for the signs and paint. Councilman and temporary council president Bud Santimyer voiced the only dissenting vote, saying he believed it would cause a “slippery slope” with others doing the same, adding it should be a police enforcement issue.

• Council directed Yanity to draft a street-opening ordinance based on one passed by Youngwood Borough. If passed, the ordinance will require to open a street from the curb to the center of the road to fix a pot hole rather than opening a one-to-two-foot piece to cold patch a hole. The ordinance will be advertised before a vote is taken.

• Scottdale Mayor Charles King wanted to refute something he read in the newspaper following a parks commission meeting, where he said it was stated that the Scottdale Police do not enforce the crosswalks. “The police enforce the crosswalks,” he said.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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