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Baldwin officials study options for pool leaks

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A leak in the deep end of Baldwin Borough's pool has left officials with a choice: Close the pool at mid-season to make repairs, top off the L-shaped pool with more water daily, or do underwater patching.

“Our options are limited,” borough Manager John Barrett told council members June 11.

The pool is losing about 1.5 inches of water a day from the grates in the deep end, Barrett said, although he doesn't know how much it cost to refill it.

Officials said they are frustrated because the borough spent about $38,000 in 2009 to repair a leak in the deep end and to replace two pumps.

Barrett said he plans to get a cost analysis of each option to determine which step will be taken.

Public meeting

Baldwin Borough officials will hold a public meeting on July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Leland Center about upgrades and repairs to the sanitary-sewer system that likely will trigger an increase in residents' monthly sewage bills.

The project, required to meet state and federal guidelines in the Lick Run Watershed, would include the building of an equalization tank in Colewood Park, where excess flow would be pumped and stored. Additional piping would be added throughout the borough to route the flow to the tank.

“That's going to be a large storage facility near Colewood Park,” council Vice President Michael Stelmasczyk said at the June 11 meeting.

Councilman John “Butch” Ferris said he has been receiving calls about the project.

Council members agreed Tuesday to advertise a wet weather flow strategy and planning module for the Lick Run Watershed.

The Lick Run project could cause a monthly increase in residents' sewage bills of $5.50, Stelmasczyk said.

Salt contract

Cargill Inc., which provides rock salt to municipalities through the South Hills Area Council of Governments joint purchasing alliance, has agreed to a second option year in the contract, borough Manager John Barrett told council members last week.

The cost of rock salt will increase for participating municipalities for the 2013-14 winter season to $57.52 per ton, from $56.69, Whitehall Borough manager James Leventry told Whitehall Council members at their June 5 meeting.

Whitehall also participates in the alliance.

PH Authority

Baldwin Borough leaders have agreed for the fourth time to extend a service agreement for the Pleasant Hills Authority, which operates sanitary sewers, to give leaders additional time to hash out a new deal.

The extension, approved by borough council last week, takes the decades-old pact between the authority's four contributory communities through Sept. 30.

Municipalities in the Pleasant Hills Authority service area include Pleasant Hills, Baldwin Borough, Whitehall and South Park. The four municipalities are working to comply with the state Department of Environmental Protection's consent decree to reduce overflow issues.

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

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