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Sewickley Township streets will get needed improvements

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Residents living along several Sewickley Township streets will get some relief from potholes and washed-out roadways, because last week the board of supervisors approved spending money on road improvement projects.

A month after listening to extensive complaints from residents about what they described as the deplorable condition of Scott Haven and Van Kirk roads, supervisors approved using money from the Marcellus shale gas well impact fee to pave nearly a half-mile of Van Kirk Road and all of Scott Haven Road.

The supervisors will advertise for bids to pave Scott Haven Road and Van Kirk Road will be paved by township crews.

Supervisor Alan Fossi defended the board's decision to pave less than half a mile of Van Kirk Road — which is just a little more than half a mile long — because of the need to spend money on other paving projects.

Supervisor Wanda Layman said potholes will be patched on the portion of the road that is not repaved.

When pressed to place Van Kirk Road on a two-year paving program, Fossi would not agree to it, but the supervisors said it would be high on the list for 2015.

Supervisor Joe Kerber said the township could not make a commitment early next year to pave the remainder of the road because of the unknown costs of snow removal or spring floods.

The board also awarded a $341,125 paving contract to Victor Paving & Construction Inc. of Monongahela to pave McGrew Hill, Curry, Reservoir, Cool Springs and Derr roads, as well as Maple Street.

Board buys radios, etc.

In other business, the board approved paying $7,397 to Staley Communications Inc. of Pittsburgh for portable radios, batteries, a smart phone, radio applications and equipment for Sewickley Township Emergency Management.

The money will come from the township's emergency management services tax.

The township's emergency management had intended in November 2013 to purchase the equipment from Mobile Radio Service Inc. of Pittsburgh for $10,088, but it was never ordered, Fossi said.

Authority seat remains empty

The board failed to appoint Sandy Dull of Herminie to a vacancy on the Municipal Sewage Authority of the Township of Sewickley.

Kerber voted to appoint her, but Layman and Fossi would not provide a second vote for the motion to be voted upon by the board. The appointment to fill the remainder of the late John Costanza's term, would have expired in January 2019.

Dull said after the meeting the snub was politically motivated.

Layman said Dull had previously served on the township recreation board. The nine-member board still has two vacancies, Layman said.

Fossi and Dull have clashed over issues during public meetings. Fossi, a Democrat, beat Dull, a Republican, in the November 2011 election by 77 votes for a seat on the board of supervisors.

The supervisors also:

• Agreed to the Westmoreland County Tax Claim Bureau's request for the potential sale of property on Pike Street, Herminie, owned by Claudia Peters, according to county tax records.

• Appointed Lucille Kenderes as township auditor, replacing Gary Grimm, who resigned in June. The appointment will expire in January 2016, with the position to be placed on the election ballot in 2015.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or