Northmont Flood project moving 'very, very slowly'
A Greensburg woman questioned City Council on Monday about the status of the Northmont Flood Control Project.
“I would like an update,” Northmont Street resident Doris Kaufman said during council's regular meeting.
City Administrator Sue Trout told Kaufman that an attorney for the state has been reviewing easements for the project. The attorney hoped to complete the review soon, she said.
“The project is moving forward, but very, very slowly,” Trout added.
The work has been on the drawing board for decades. Heavy rains in August 2007 renewed interest in the project, but work forecast to start during the past two springs never happened.
The state Department of Environmental Protection must give approval before city officials can do much more, Trout said.
“So we're still at a standstill,” she said.
Nearly 50 easements, permanent and temporary, are involved in the project, Trout said after the meeting.
City officials have purchased two properties, with the acquisition of at least two others planned.
The project would limit flooding for at least 15 homes in an area that includes Northmont, Kenneth, Kenmore and Beaver streets.
State officials earmarked $3.6 million for design, construction, inspection and utility relocation. Trout said she believes the money is still set aside for the work.
Past timetables called for the work to take a year to complete.
“I hope I can see this in my lifetime,” Kaufman said.
“We're not going to let it die,” Mayor Ron Silvis assued her. “We're not going to let it go.”
In another matter, city trash hauler Waste Management Inc. will no longer pick up televisions, computers and other items curbside as of Jan. 24 in order to comply with state law, Trout said.
More information can be found on the city's website, www.greensburgpa.org, Trout said.
In other matters, council:
• Approved paying solicitor Bernard McArdle a base annual salary of $24,330 and $150 per hour for duties outside his normal scope of work.
• Endorsed paying Lou DeRose, attorney for the city‘s zoning hearing board, planning commission and historic and architectural review board, $7,600, with a $125 hourly rate.
• Hired Dana Rulli Wall as accounts payable fiscal assistant for $38,000. She was one of seven candidates interviewed out of 63 applicants, Trout said.
• Employed Pete Calisti as full-time telecommunicator for $16.11 per hour, and Jennifer Marks as part-time dispatcher for $12.41 per hour.
Calisti has worked as a part-time city dispatcher since 2006.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Mt. Pleasant-based author details area’s ‘Hidden History’
- 7 arrested in Latrobe-area drug dealing
- Westmoreland, Fayette towns prepare to ring in holidays
- Westmoreland, Fayette groups open doors to share Thanksgiving meals
- Woman to stand trial in Jeannette tot’s death
- 20 charged in Western Pennsylvania drug crackdown
- Psychologist’s compassion buoyed students, friends
- Man taken to hospital from scene of Hempfield house fire
- Woman admits to theft of 2 weapons in Latrobe shooting case
- Westmoreland County sheriff won’t alter staffing as cash runs out
- Bank seeks to foreclose on Eastern Derry Twp. VFD