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Cheswick to form volunteer group

| Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

A volunteer community action group could soon be coming to Cheswick.

The Cheswick Community Action Team, would be created to assist residents, particularly the elderly.

C-CAT volunteers would do minor house repairs, get groceries during foul weather, arrange doctor appointments and other duties.

Solicitor Anthony Colangelo told Mayor Daniel Carroll to come up with a proposal to determine what the volunteers would do.

The volunteers would be insured by the borough; the extent depends upon the liability exposure. Council hopes to act on the proposal Oct. 21 and get the program moving.

Carroll first suggested formation of such a group last month.

In other business:

• Council is considering subcontracting some building code inspections and other ordinance work. A representative of Pittsburgh-based CODE.sys Code Consulting submitted a proposal to do building inspections, approve new residential structures and additions and other code construction-related duties.

No figures were released Tuesday night.

Current zoning officer James Desmone would continue in his role in commercial-related code construction and other regular duties.

CCDE.sys would do work on an as-needed basis. A committee of Desmone, Councilman Lewis Accorsi and borough Secretary Andrew Bock will define the scope of the work needed and come up with a contract proposal Oct. 21.

• Council approved a road salt de-icing agreement with Springdale Township for the coming winter. Cheswick will purchase salt for both municipalities and sell the required salt to the township.

Salt will be bought from Cargill Salt Co. at $45.08 per ton, $2.15 more than last year. Cheswick personnel will salt township roads and bill the township for labor costs at the rate of $31 per hour straight time, $41.65 per hour overtime, and $52.28 per hour for weekends.

• Allegheny Valley Joint Sewage Authority liaison Gary Taylor said last weekend's rainstorms had minimal effect on the treatment facility's ability to handle overflow because of the increasing number of property owners who are separating sanitary sewers from storm sewers.

• Windstorm damage Sunday night closed Pillow Avenue for a time. With a flurry calls to Allegheny County 911, firefighters weren't able to notify police to summon borough public works employees to cut trees and clear debris on Pillow Avenue. Council will establish a procedure where fire personnel will directly contact public works employees during emergencies. All electrical power reportedly has been restored to borough residents.

• Desmone reported that Dr. Michael Pazman, DDS and another dentist will set up practice at the former Movie Gallery along Pittsburgh Street.

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