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Baldwin Borough council sets public meeting to discuss Ruthwood Avenue zoning provisions

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

A public hearing to review a potential zoning change for a Ruthwood Avenue building that had been used for apartments for many years will be held later this month.

Baldwin Borough council members at their Aug. 20 meeting set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 to discuss the zoning of 2971 Ruthwood Avenue.

Ruthwood residents at the council meeting said they do not want to see the zoning changed to allow the building to be used as a multi-residential facility. They said they worry there is not enough parking at the home for more than one family to live there.

The owner of the building, who said he recently purchased the property, asked council members at their Aug. 13 meeting to consider a change in zoning to allow for multi-family housing at the site. He said it had been used for apartments for years despite no such zoning.

Baldwin's planning commission voted against a recommendation to council to change the zoning for the house.

Sewer bids

An estimated $2 million project to repair damaged sewer lines in Baldwin Borough is under budget, with about two thirds of the project already contracted.

Council members in separate 6-0 votes at their Aug. 20 meeting approved a $504,713 contract with Robinson Pipe Cleaning Co. for Streets Run sanitary-sewer repairs and a $728,333 contract with the same company for Lick Run sanitary-sewer repairs.

Councilman John Conley was absent.

Three bids were received for each project, engineer Larry Souleret said.

“(These are) under our estimate. We received some really good bids,” Souleret said.

The projects contracted are for what officials have called the “easy,” or more routine repairs. Engineers are in the process of preparing plans for “deep-dig” or repairs that will need completed on the edges of hillsides and near basements of homes.

Those projects likely will be put out for bids later in the year, he said.

Public-works hire

After a 10-year hiring void, Baldwin Borough officials opted to bring on two new laborers for the municipality's public works department.

Council members, in two 6-0 votes at their Aug. 20 meeting, approved extending a conditional offer of employment to Ryan Nix and Dan Bell, subject to successful pre-employment screening procedures.

Councilman John Conley was absent.

Borough leaders are hiring the laborers to meet a need, they said. Prior to the hires, Baldwin's public-works department consisted of a superintendent and nine laborers. The department once had 20 or more laborers.

Public-works employees are the only borough staffers who must meet residency requirements. The employees also must have a commercial driver's license.

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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