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Sharpsburg Council discusses snow-removal problems

| Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003

SHARPSBURG: Three days after a major snowfall and some sidewalks in the borough remained encrusted with snow. Council wanted action, but there were cracks in their resolve.

"I'm not going to put up with this for the remainder of the winter," Councilman Larry Stelitano said.

At the Monday night council meeting, the chairman of the roads department said he wanted the sidewalks safe for walking. Stelitano pointed his finger at out-of-town landlords who don't come into the borough to take care of their properties. He said he wanted those residences with unsafe sidewalks to be given notice.

Police Chief Michael Rapino said some of the slick sidewalks belonged to elderly residents who had trouble clearing the boot-deep snowfall. Councilman Vincent Sacco suggested the police could use their discretion on which households to cite.

"That's what gets us in trouble," Rapino said.

The police chief said he would give out citations for those with snow-covered sidewalks on Tuesday. If the walkways were cleared, the citations would be withdrawn, Rapino said. Sacco offered to help physically clearing sidewalks for senior citizens who had trouble with shoveling.

Resident Ruth Ann Jackson raised concerns about Chapman Street. She said it was snow covered still.

In other action:

  • Stelitano listed roads on the repaving list for next year. they included Cecil Street from Lavic to 18th streets, 18th between South Canal and Middle streets, Garnier Street from Clay to North Main streets, 21st Street from Main to Middle, and Lavic Street from Chapman to Middle streets.

    The road committee chairman said Lavic needs to be repaved because the City of Pittsburgh dug up the street when a city waterline broke. Stelitano said if the city repairs Lavic, the borough can add two streets to the list. Clay Street between 10th and 11th streets and Fifth Street between Main and Short Canal would be added.

  • All the borough ordinances will be codified. Sacco made a recommendation to pay a company to organize the large book of ordinances, a supplemental book which is about a decade old, and all the ordinances passed since the last codification.

    Sacco said he had never seen the supplemental book until a recent meeting, and the seven council members share one of the large codifications.

    "Let's go with someone and let's go with someone now," Sacco said during the debate over two publishers.

    Mayor Donald Ferraro raised a question about taking the lowest-priced proposal. The first 350 pages were fixed cost, but additional pages were $25 each.

    Finally, council voted unanimously to go with Penns Valley Publishing, from near Harrisburg. Penns Valley was originally the high bidder with $1,107; the company remained high bidder even after a discounted bid of $940. However, council determined the lump sum bid would be less expensive in the end because of the length of the codified ordinances. Council members will receive a copy, and the codification will be put on a CD.

  • Council tabled a five-year contract with Triangle Pet Control Service. Even though the company said they had not increased the cost in three years, the borough is looking into other options. The North Hills Council of Governments (COG) is preparing a plan and expects information in January.

    Additional Information:

    Details

    Council members are putting pressure on themselves to finish the 2004 budget by the required deadline. Upcoming work sessions include today (Dec. 11), Friday (Dec. 12) and Monday (Dec. 15) so the budget can go on public view on Tuesday (Dec. 16).

    The public can review the new budget at borough offices during regular business hours. Council is expected to vote on the budget at the 6:30 p.m. Dec. 30 meeting. Council is required to pass a budget before Jan. 1.

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