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Wee-hour deliveries irk some Sewickley hospital neighbors

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By Bobby Cherry

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 6:48 p.m.

Deliveries made to Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital in the early-morning hours have become an issue for at least one nearby neighbor.

Leaders from Heritage Valley Health System and the borough of Sewickley say they're working to resolve early-morning deliveries that happen before 6:30 a.m. — as outlined in a borough ordinance.

Deliveries made to a loading dock on the site of the hospital near the intersection of Hill Street and Locust Place occur sometimes as early as 4:30 a.m., Locust Place resident William Luttner said.

Luttner said “trucks always come down my street, put the thing in reverse, and beep, beep, beep all the way up to the hospital. And this is typically at 4:30 and 5 o'clock in the morning.”

“This is a practice the hospital is allowing to happen,” he said. “It drives me nuts.”

Borough leaders already have spoken with one company, which “was kind enough to change” its delivery time, Sewickley Manager Kevin Flannery said.

Hospital system spokesman Dan Murphy said Heritage Valley CEO Norm Mitry “will be talking to Kevin about the issue ASAP.” He did not have any other details.

Service deliveries can be made beginning at 6:30 a.m., Flannery said. Construction work and other maintenance work — running a lawn mower, using a leaf blower — must start no earlier than 7 a.m.

Flannery explained that Bruegger's “delivers their bagels and coffee (after 6:30 a.m.) and is sufficiently open by 7.”

Issues with early-morning deliveries to the Sewickley Car Store near Route 65 and Chestnut Street were brought to borough leaders and subsequently changed, said council member Bill Cornman, who lives near the dealership.

Flannery said the borough would continue working with companies who make deliveries to the hospital before invoking the borough ordinance, which entails citing those who violate the ordinance.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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