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Derry Township to demolish structure

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Thursday, July 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Derry Township's board of supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to declare a collapsed foundation along Latrobe-Derry Road a public nuisance and begin steps to demolish the structure.

Ken Chrisner, who owns the property, said health and financial issues have kept him from demolishing the foundation or hiring a contractor to do the work.

“It was a block foundation. Somebody just lived in the foundation with a tar roof,” supervisor Dave Slifka said. “He just didn't take care of it. He's not in the best of health, so that's another reason we went that route.”

After the roof collapsed into the foundation, the structure became “an eyesore,” Slifka said. “This is bad. This is one of the worst ones out there right now.”

Slifka estimated the cost of demolition between $3,000 and $4,000 but said savings could be realized if the township is able to perform some of the work.

“It could change a little bit,” Slifka said of the estimates. “It depends on what we can do ourselves. We might be able to backfill or something. There's all kinds of costs. (We'll do) whatever we can do to help reduce it.”

The costs would be conveyed to a lien on the property.

The supervisors approved a resolution to sign a reimbursement agreement between the township and PennDOT for bridge inspection projects totaling $60,510. Under the agreement, the federal government, through PennDOT, will pay 80 percent — about $48,000 — while the township covers the remaining 20 percent.

All bridges spanning 20 feet or more must be inspected biannually, board chairman Vince DeCario said.

The supervisors also approved a holding tank agreement with C&D Coal Co. for the Kingston-West Mine at the intersection of Route 981 and Lee Valley Road, and moved to review the Kuhns subdivision along Route 982, contingent upon approval from the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development.

The supervisors will meet at 11 a.m. July 15 to open bids for the Bradenville School Road culvert replacement project.

Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913 or

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