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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 8:56 p.m.
 

Seal coating recently paved streets in Baldwin Borough could preserve the road surfaces for an additional five years, the engineer said.

The project, also known as “tar and chipping,” could reduce the cost of what officials had planned to spend on certain streets this year — where entire roads had been planned to be redone — and allow for more alleys and streets to be fixed, officials said.

Borough engineer Larry Souleret told council members on Tuesday that he will look into the cost of seal coating before officials vote next month on the 2013 road paving program.

There is $800,000 budgeted for road improvements this year, an increase of $50,000 from last year.

Souleret identified 15 streets in the northern end of the borough and 15 in the southern portion that should be paved this year. The roads were selected based on a ranking system created two years ago.

“We're going to go out and take another look at these,” he said.

If borough officials move forward with a seal coating program, it would be through a separate contract than the road paving program, they said.

“I think that's going to be a big savings for us,” Councilman John “Butch” Ferris said.

Public hearing

Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building to consider a request from Ryan Homes to modify the front building line setback of Breckenridge Highlands from 20 feet to 15 feet.

The current request was not recommended for approval by the borough‘s planning commission.

This will be the second setback reduction that has been requested for this development, officials said. About a year ago, the requirement was reduced from 35 feet to 20 feet.

The municipal building is located at 3344 Churchview Ave.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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