INDIANA BOROUGH: Council approves street repaving, new rate schedule
Indiana council Tuesday accepted a low bid of $150,010 from Force Inc., of Indiana, to repave approximately one mile of Indiana streets this summer.
Dave Fairman, Indiana’s public works director, said the streets to be resurfaced are:
• South Fifth Street from Philadelphia Street to Locust Street
• The 500 block of Washington Street
• The 500 block of Poplar Avenue
• Blairton Avenue
• The 500 block of Church Street
• Garman Avenue from Grant Street to Maple Street
• West Avenue from School Street to South Avenue
• The 500 block of Grant Street
Council Tuesday also approved a revised schedule of fees, rates and fines after several months of review by committees and more discussion at May’s work session. Council last reviewed the overall fee schedule in 2012 and many rates, fees and fines have not been increased in many years.
Among the changes on the new rate schedule are some increases in the fees at the Water Street parking garage; an increase from $5 to $7 as the fine for parking at an expired parking meter; and a hike in the monthly residential sewer maintenance fee from $11.50 to $12.
Council agreed to join Indiana County, White Township and Indiana University of Pennsylvania in contributing $5,000 to hire a consultant to develop and propose a multi-modal corridor where the Hoodlebug Trail can be extended through the borough and across the IUP campus. The corridor would extend the trail to the White Township Recreation Complex east of Indiana.
Councilman Ross Bricklemyer raised a concern about dead and decaying trees along borough streets that he said could pose a risk of falling in a summer thunderstorm and damaging a vehicle or injuring a pedestrian.
Maintenance of trees and removal of dead trees between the street curbs and sidewalks are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. Bricklemyer asked what options the borough had in instances where property owners have been notified by the Code and Zoning Department that a weak tree must be removed but the property owners have ignored that notice.
And final arrangements are being made for June 14 as “build day” of new playground equipment at Paul McGregor Park at North Second and Water streets. The borough received a $20,000 grant from KaBOOM! to help buy more than $32,000 worth of new playground equipment for the park, and volunteers will gather there at 8 a.m. June 14 to assemble the equipment.
KaBOOM! is an American nonprofit organization that helps communities build playgrounds.
Anyone willing to help on build day or wanting to make a monetary contribution to the playground project can visit http://bit.ly/1pSy5S2 or call the Indiana Borough office at (724) 465-6691.