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HOMER CITY: Council discusses road projects

by on May 08, 2014 10:55 AM

HOMER CITY — A list of ongoing and future projects was discussed at Homer City’s borough council meeting Tuesday.

Borough manager Rob Nymick reported the projects include street sweeping, paving, cleanup days and more.

Nymick said that street sweeping began in the borough but was cut short when the street sweeper, which is borrowed from Center Township, broke down.

Now that the vehicle is up and running again, he said, sweeping will begin again in Homer City.

Paving on South Lincoln Street in the borough will begin on Tuesday, Nymick said.

This is a one-day project due to a waterline repair that occurred last month.

In addition, he reminded the community that spring cleanup days will be held May 15 and 16.

Residents that wish to participate “need to sign up in the borough office so that we know who’s coming and what to expect,” Nymick said. Items will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 15 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 16.

There will be a fee of $25 for a pickup truck load and $10 for a car load. The fee must be paid in advance.

Borough council accepted a bid from Quaker Sales Corp. for $142,885 for the borough as well as Center Township for a paving project that will include a section of Bates Road between Columbia and Oakland avenues and a section of North Grant Street and Pine Alley from North Grant Street to Greely Street.

Dan Mollo, a resident of the borough, shared his concerns with the property adjacent to his.

“The building is in really bad shape,” Mollo said. According the police Chief Louis Sacco, the property, on Highland Avenue, is owned by Art Cochran.

Mollo said that he continuously needs to look for debris in his yard from the building before he is able to work in it or mow. Recently, he said, he had to repair a tire on his car after a windstorm left roofing nails in the street outside.

Nymick assured Mollo that new ordinances, ratified by council at Tuesday’s meeting, will help take care of some of the problems he was addressing.

In other news, council:

• Reported that stop signs have been installed at the intersection of Main Street and Route 56 based on the recommendation of the Southwest PA Commission following a traffic signal study last year. The traffic lights will remain at the intersection, blinking, through July, when they’ll be removed.

• Announced that the Homer-Center Public Library will hold the sixth annual Bicycle/Run/Walk Poker Run on Sunday, July 13, on the Hoodlebug Trail. The Poker Run is a 12-mile bicycle ride or 5K walk/run. Each participant stops at stations to draw a card for their poker hand.

• Sacco announced that a Peace Officers Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. May 15 at Sovereign Grace Church in Indiana.

• Accepted a bid for a 2001 Crown Victoria police car for $606.

• Congratulated Homer-Center High School’s percussionists for placing fourth in a competition in New Jersey over the weekend.

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