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Donora wall to be repaired

| Friday, Nov. 15, 2002

A deteriorating wall along Gilmer Cemetery will be repaired through an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Donora Mayor John Lignelli announced during Thursday's council meeting.

Donora will receive a $750,000 state grant to fund the repairs to the retaining wall along State Route 837, Lignelli said.

Councilman Tony Menendez credited Lignelli with working to obtain the funding.

Lignelli said the project work will be divided over 2002 and 2003. He said it will make Route 837 safer for motorists.

Also Thursday, council blamed an increase in state dumping fees for a $10 across the board hike in refuse fees.

Residents will pay $130 a year for garbage collection, $110 if paid by March 1 and $160 after June 30.

Residents will now be required to make a $20 deposit on new recycling bins.

In his mayor's report, Lignelli said an agreement is near between Norfolk Southern and the Middle Monongahela Industrial Development Authority. That agreement will allow the MIDA industrial park access road to be extended through the park. That road would cross the railroad that is located in the park.

Lignelli reminded residents that the borough's drug hotline - (724) 379-4406 - is still operating.

With a recent major drug raid, Lignelli warned drug dealers operating in the city not to cross the bridge into Donora.

In other business, council:

  • Approved a new one-year agreement with the Washington County Housing Authority. Under the agreement, Donora Police will provide security at Highland terrace and Donora Towers at a rate not to exceed of $102,000. The agreement will run from Dec. 1, 2002 through Nov. 30, 2003.

  • Announced that equipment needed to complete a skateboard track is expected to arrive Nov. 20 and dedication for the park will be held in the spring.

  • Hired Matthew Cain as a part-time security officer for Palmer Park at a rate of $5.15 an hour.

  • Accepted bids through the Washington County Joint Municipal Purchasing Council to purchase coal patch at a rate of $36.75 per ton, anti-freeze at a rate of $179 per 55-gallon drum, and hydraulic fluid at a rate of $112.75 per 55-gallon drum.

  • Announced that the police department has recovered several bikes that were stolen or lost. Area residents may claim their bike, if it was stolen or lost, until Nov. 18. After that date, the bikes will be donated to charity.

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