Kittanning officials plan street repairs
It looks as if Kittanning will finally get some of its streets fixed.
On Monday, council approved pledging its allocated liquid fuels money to borrow $700,000 from the state and approved bidding out the project this spring.
“The condition of our streets is deplorable,” said Council President Randy Cloak.
Council authorized Mike Malak of Senate Engineering to prepare project specifications and advertise for bids.
Councilman David Croyle cast the lone dissenting vote.
“I'm not against the paving project,” Croyle said after the meeting. “However, Senate Engineering did not do their homework and gave general figures and not specific numbers.”
Cloak initially proposed that council apply for a 10-year note at 1.6 percent interest from the state in the amount of $600,000 to fix the designated streets.
However, Croyle asked that the requested amount be raised from $600,000 to $700,000 to ensure that any unforeseen project costs would be covered and that none of the designated streets would have to be cut from the project.
“My main concern is that the borough will take a hit because we didn't do the research,” Croyle said.
Council voted 8-0 in favor of borrowing that amount.
Those streets include Jacob Street from Water to North Grant Avenue; North Grant Avenue from Union Avenue to Chestnut Street; North Water Street from Market to Vine streets; North Water Street from Hazel to Monteith streets; and North Water Street from High Street to Union Avenue.
Two other streets —where North McKean meets Market Street and where Jefferson Street meets Market — will be fixed at a later date, said Mayor Kirk Atwood. He explained that a separate downtown revitalization project may end up affecting those streets.
To fix them now would be a waste of money, Atwood said.
Council is confident the borough will have more than enough money to pay off the low-interest loan within the next 10 years while keeping up with additional street repairs.
“Kittanning is set to get 60 percent more money (from the liquid fuels fund) than in the past,” Cloak said.
This year the borough will receive about $85,000 in state liquid fuels money with expected revenue increases each year, he said.
The first loan payment of about $40,000 will be due next year, so it will not affect this year's budget, Cloak said, adding that additional annual payments are expected to decrease by $10,000.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.