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Smithton paving project to begin soon

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Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Smithton's paving project, paid for through a Community Development Block Grant, is set to get underway soon.

A pre-construction meeting between the contractor and borough officials took place Sept. 4. During that meeting, the contractor, A. Folino of Oakmont, said work should begin the end of September or the beginning of October, according to council President Dan Barthels.

Barthels also noted at Monday's council meeting that the CDBG would be covering the additional $1,700 that was the difference between the grant and the contractor's bid.

The nearly $32,000 project entails paving Fort and Smithfield streets and part of First Street.

In other business, council approved adopting the new ordinance amendment regulating the disposal of grass clippings and yard waste on borough streets.

The ordinance amendment was prompted by ongoing problems with grass clippings and yard waste clogging up storm drains, resulting in flooding.

Residents are advised that leaving grass clippings and other forms of yard waste on the street is prohibited.

Council also approved the design and bid for welcome signs. Lowest bid came from Carl's Signs of Ruffsdale. Mayor Christine Tutena said she hopes that at least one of the signs is installed in time for Community Day.

Community Day is slated for Oct. 5. Any organization wishing to set up a table is asked to contact Bud Seglowich at 724-872-7928.

Barthels noted that the audit of the Municipal Authority has been completed and a copy is available for public inspection at the borough office.

William S. Zirkle is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-872-6800.

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