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Cheswick curbs projects

| Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cheswick is feeling the pinch of higher fuel and materials costs.

Council Tuesday night approved only one of two waterline replacement projects and tabled the annual paving program because of escalating costs.

Four bids on the Railroad Street and Hill Avenue waterlines all came in at nearly double what was budgeted. The Railroad Street project was awarded to Creative Enterprises at a cost of $39,275. A $23,571 grant will help pay for the project. The borough will pay the rest.

"The materials crisis has really forced this over budget," said borough engineer Larry Seiler. "There's been a 35 percent increase in pipe."

The Hill Street project was tabled and will be re-evaluated.

Seiler said the grant money must be used by the end of the year.

Seiler also recommended this year's paving project be put on hold. Plans were tabled to do one block of Spruce Street, Hill and Railroad.

"Numbers-wise, things aren't working out," Seiler said.

Borough secretary Andy Bock said gasoline costs for borough vehicles have gone from $700 to $2,000 a month.

In other business

• Mayor Daniel Carroll said the new Chevy Impala police car should be in service next month. The vehicle is being detailed and the light bar installed.

• Bock said the borough is looking at a new recycling program offered by Westmoreland CleanWays. The program will co-mingle newspapers with cardboard items, phone books, cans and Nos. 1 and 2 plastic. Glass containers will be excluded. A new site for a recycling container should be addressed at the July 15 meeting.

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