Bridge in Hillsville to be blown up late this month
By MARY grzebieniak
The U.S. Route 224 “blue bridge” will be blown up Oct. 29, and the road will be closed and motorists detoured for about three hours. Motorists will be informed of the times and details.
That bridge has been under construction for months as motorists were first channeled onto part of the old bridge and now are being diverted onto a temporary bridge.
Mahoning Township Supervisor Gary Pezzuolo said this week when supervisors met that once the old bridge is demolished, inspectors and engineers will examine it to make sure no harm was done to the temporary bridge before traffic is reopened.
The replacement of the bridge is expected to take two years. It is located near the intersection of Pa. Route 551.
Also, Township Solicitor Louis Perrotta said he will prepare a draft of an amendment to the zoning ordinance to regulate Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in the township.
Once Perrotta presents the draft to supervisors, it will be advertised and a meeting held for public comment.
Perrotta is also working on a zoning amendment which would make agriculture a conditional use in Village 1 and 2 zoning districts. Agriculture is now a permitted use in those districts. The new classification would require a hearing.
Supervisors also opened bids for a plant operator for the new sewage treatment plant which is scheduled to open in late November or early December.
Bidders offered a monthly cost to operate the plant as well as hourly costs per employee for emergency call-outs. Bidders were M. Davidson and Associates, Jamestown, Pa., $2,150 per month and $50 per hour for emergency callouts; J.R. Plant Operations, Pulaski Road, New Castle, $1,800 per moth and emergency hourly rates ranging from $45 to $67.50 per hour; DeLuca Environmental Consultants, Struthers, $1,160 per month and $42 to $55 per hour for emergency callouts; and C.W.M. Environmental, Kittaning, Pa., $2,600 per month and $50 to $75 per hour for emergencies. The bids were tabled for study until next month’s meeting.
One bid was received for lease/purchase of radio communication tower. Unison, of Frederick, Md. bid $125,778. The bid was tabled pending review.
No bids were received for a 1991 International dump truck. Supervisors will try and sell the truck informally.
Township Police Chief Jim Morris announced a “drug takeback” day will be at the township police station at 4512 W. State St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29. Old medications should be brought for disposal to the police station. No questions will be asked.
Supervisors also agreed to hold back $177,000 from Chivers Construction until they complete restoration of resident’s yards. Twenty-six complaints must be addressed according to Greg DelPrincipe of RAR Construction.
Supervisors agreed to pay Chivers $100,000 now. and then pay the remainder when all yards are restored. Supervisors and Perrotta acknowledged that Chivers has done a good job, but they are concerned that all the restoration be completed before the next construction season.