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February 13, 2014

North Beaver spending up on road salt

NEW CASTLE — North Beaver Township officials thought they would have enough salt left at winter’s end to get them through next winter.

But this winter’s snow and cold have depleted the reserves and at their meeting Monday, the supervisors agreed to order more for 2014-15.

Jerry Tillia, supervisor chairman, said the bad weather will cost the township an extra $18,000 to $20,000. The supervisors approved buying a minimum load of salt for next year through the state purchasing program, in which all participating municipalities are bid as a group.

The supervisors also said they are seeking to hire a fifth part-time police officer because one member of the force is out with an injury. They will advertise the job and invite anyone interested to contact the township.

Tillia also said the right-of-way issue has been resolved for replacement of a bridge on Wampum Road at Halltown Road and he expects the project to be under way soon.

The railroad property was the last holdout of three parcels needed for the project and, in December, the township authorized its solicitor to begin condemnation proceedings for 0.57 acres owned by Norfolk Southern Corp. The bridge is open with load limits.

A resident questioned why Supervisor Amanda McBride is being paid $14.55 hourly for a part-time roadmaster position. The full-time roadmaster post is held by Supervisor Paul Henry. McBride responded that she has not worked on the roads so far this year and has “no intention of ever working on the roads.” She said she will instead be available on an as-needed basis for overseeing or “whatever I would be needed to do.”

Tillia expressed regret that 40 to 50 mailboxes had been knocked down recently when they were hit by snow coming off township plows. He said that unfortunately, the township cannot reimburse the residents for the mailboxes and said the heaviness of the snow was to blame.

The supervisors also:

•Adjusted the part-time treasurer/clerk’s hourly wages from $12.75 to $14. The action corrects an error in which the rate was never increased to the correct level after the job became part time and the probationary period was complete. The change is effective immediately.

•Asked anyone interested in being appointed as the new representative to the Bessemer Municipal Authority to contact the township. The ideal appointee would be in the Bessemer sewage collection area but that is not necessary, they said. The new member will replace Tim Glass, who resigned effective April 1.


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