Unity gets no bids for adding road salt
By Stacey Federoff
Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 11:39 p.m.
Unity officials advertised to supplement the township's road salt supplies, but because of industry shortages, they received no bids.
The township advertised for more salt in anticipation of exceeding the limit placed on the township in the original agreement from the state-run COSTARS program.
No bids were received, so supervisors can now negotiate and enter into contracts directly for the purchase of more, solicitor Gary Falatovich said at Thursday's supervisors meeting.
The program allows for between 60 percent and 140 percent of an estimate placed at the beginning of the season.
Unity usually uses about 6,200 tons of salt in a season but has spread about 7,000 tons so far, said Supervisor Mike O'Barto.
The township is limited to 8,400 tons this year through the program, said Supervisor John Mylant.
Supervisors reported that just before the meeting, the township received 180 tons of salt from Three Rivers Marine and Rail Terminals in Rostraver.
The salt is mixed with anti-skid material at about a 3:1 ratio in order to stretch it farther, Mylant said.
Crew members can adjust how much salt to spray, only spreading it when appropriate, he said.
“They're doing the bare necessities,” Mylant said. “They're not used to that —they like to be precise, they're used to doing a perfect job.”
To cover the township's entire 154 miles, trucks spread about 190 tons each time, he said.
In other business, a new road crew worker was hired by supervisors in a 2-1 vote.
Eric Mozingo, 43, was approved as a full-time equipment operator and laborer to the crew, which now numbers 17 workers.
For six months, Mozingo will earn 80 percent of the current union wage at $19.49 per hour before earning the full rate at $24.36 per hour.
Supervisor Tom Ulishney voted against the measure.
“I didn't feel we needed another person,” he said, adding that he planned to continue to maintain his campaign promise to keep the budget low. “It's my principle. I'm a conservative person.”
• Approved the purchase of a new highlift for three annual payments of $61,702 at the end of each year from Cleveland Bros. in Murrysville. The machinery will replace two other highlifts both more than 30 years old and will be more efficient. “When they get that old, it's a safety issue,” Mylant said. “It's like comparing a Model T to a Cadillac.” The township will continue to use two other machines from the 1980s.
• Approved two liquor license transfers. The first to Don Patron of Latrobe LLC, for a Mexican restaurant at 1032 Route 30 and the second to Makoski Development LLC, at 4427 Route 30 for a pizzeria. Both are contingent upon approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or email@example.com.
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