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Five-year road program a first for borough

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

The first year of a five-year road-maintenance program in Brentwood will be completed well below cost. Having a plan in place in advance and seeking bids early for the paving of seven borough streets likely led bids to come in nearly $100,000 under projected estimates, borough manager George Zboyovsky said.

Borough Council on Monday unanimously approved a $394,215 contract with M. Facchiano Construction for the borough's 2014 road-paving program.

Add in the engineering costs and $100,000 for a new “crack-sealing” program, and, Brentwood leaders said, they still estimate it will be $100,000 below their proposed $700,000 spending for the 2014 road program.

“The earlier we get the bids out, the better prices we're going to get,” said Councilman John Frombach, noting local contractors are busier and charge more for the same work later in the summer.

On this year's list of roads to be paved are parts of Olancha, Glendale, Pyramid, West Willock, East Bellecrest and all of Daily.

Because the contractor could run into potential problems during paving, council President Marty Vickless said officials shouldn't add any roads this year, which leaves the extra money for contingencies. Instead, he said, if the money is left over, the funds could be spent next year.

Councilman Pat Carnevale, however, said others had promised when they adopted the five-year road program to spend $700,000 a year.

Using data collected by Gateway Engineers, the borough's engineering firm, in the early 2000s, combined with “practical knowledge and experience,” borough leaders came up with a list of streets to be paved for each of the next five years for the program, Zboyovsky said. Each year, roads will be added to the program.

Also paved this year will be the remainder — or center — of Brownsville Road in Brentwood and Hillson Avenue, which were set to be paved in 2013, but the work was unable to be completed because of weather conditions, Zboyovsky said.

Construction on that project will start “as soon as the weather breaks.”

Public Works unveiling

Brentwood residents will be invited to visit the borough's newly constructed public-works building on East Willock Road during National Public Works Week.

An open house will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. May 19 at the East Willock Road facility.

Borough council members agreed during their meeting Monday to recognize National Public Works Week — held from May 18 to 24.

Dek hockey

The deadline to get involved in Brentwood's new dek hockey leagues is Friday.

Visit the borough website at www.brentwoodboro.com for more information and to sign up.

Leagues will begin April 7.

The season enrollment fee is $550 per adult team or $65 per youth participant. An additional $5 surcharge will apply to any youth player who is not a resident of Brentwood or Baldwin Borough.

In other business, council members on Monday approved the purchase of a scoreboard for the newly constructed dek hockey rink from VIS Signs for $9,563 to be paid from the Brentwood Park Fund.

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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