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September 19, 2013

Neshannock hires new paving firm

NEW CASTLE — A math error prompted the Neshannock supervisors to hire a different company to pave township streets.

Shields Paving of Valencia, Pa., was determined to be the lowest responsible bidder at $198,419.

At the Aug. 27 meeting, the supervisors selected East Coast Paving to do the work. Its bid was about $60,000 lower.

This week, the supervisors were advised that East Coast’s bid had been withdrawn because of an error in calculation.

Scheduled for repaving are: Manor Avenue from North Mercer Street to the end, Bellaire Drive, Banberry Lane and a portion of Spring Garden Road.

Robert Izzo and William Hauser of Philip Weiner and Co. presented the township’s 2012 financial statement.

This audit of township funds is done every year and approved by the supervisors.

After reviewing the municipality’s  finances, they concluded, “The township had a pretty good year.

“You kept within your budget,” Izzo said. “Keep up the good work.”

He also commended township secretary-treasurer Leslie Bucci, who had worked with the accountants throughout the audit.

The township began 2012 with $1.6 million available in the general fund and transactions were in compliance with state regulations.

One concern identified by the audit is a sewer fund loss, which exceeds $879,000.

Izzo noted the sewer rate increase might help the cash flow this year. The supervisors raised sewer rates by $14 per month for 2013.

Also this week, the supervisors:

•Tabled a request to hire temporary employees at Hess Ice Rink.

•Approved contributions to the police and non-uniformed pension funds.

•Agreed to meet with developer Hank Forney to resolve a water bill at his Fox Chase property at 2807 Wilmington Road. Forney said Suite B has been vacant for more then a year and asked that the monthly water bills for the suite be excused. Solicitor Lou Perrotta said he, the supervisors and Forney will meet to discuss the issue.

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