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Rostraver officials want look at rec complex soil

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 6:29 a.m.

Rostraver Township's commissioners want to have a closer look at the soil at the recreational complex.

The board on Wednesday voted 4-1 to hold the bond of Morgan Excavating, which installed the soil at the complex almost two years ago.

Commissioners voted on the basis of information from GEO Mechanics, which found that the infield soil mix was not what was specified in the contract.

"We held it until we can sit down and look at all the necessary reports," Commissioner Nick Lorenzo said. "We may not do anything."

Voting no was Commissioner Don Yoder.

"I was the closest person with the project," he said. "I feel (the motion) is not prudent for the township."

Contractor Steven Morgan, also a member of the township planning commission, confirmed that Yoder was there for every meeting on the project.

"I personally drove him out to the site where we got the soil," Morgan said. Morgan's company installed the soil Nov. 16, 1999, he said.

Morgan expressed surprise at the decision to hold the bond.

"Tonight was the first night I found out there were any problems down there," he said. "If they call my bonding company, the company is going to ask me if they've sent me any paperwork, and they haven't."

Morgan said he has only been informed of the board's satisfaction with the project. He has received letters from the township's engineer and solicitor saying the project was completed according to contract.

"There's not much more we can do to get it approved than that," he said.

In other business, Yoder announced that the budget would be ready for public review Nov. 26 at a special meeting. He anticipated no new taxes this year.

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