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Parryville Council plans to spend $100,000 to repave Main Street

Published April 27. 2011 05:03PM

Parryville Council is looking at spending nearly $100,000 on road repairs.

Council members on Tuesday night discussed how to fund the repaving of Main Street from curb to curb.

Mike Grant, council president, said that core sampling is currently going on at Main Street to determine whether the costs could be reduced if the roadbed is solid.

Grant said that the borough's goal is to pave the entire length from Center to Center street, but that the scope of the project depends entirely on the costs and available funding.

Grant said that the borough was the recipient of a $48,000 Community Development Block Grant and also has funds in the liquid fuels account that may cover the project depending on the cost.

Broken down, the lower section of Main Street from Center to lower Main Street is expected to cost $39,000, while the upper section, from lower Main Street to Oak Street is estimated to cost $30,000. The Oak Street intersection is also part of the project, which is anticipated to cost an additional $30,000.

Grant said that Oak Street is 30 feet wide which accounts for the high price tag for repaving.

Grant said the borough also has an estimate to pave Water Street from Center to Chestnut streets, Chestnut Street and Harrity Road, at a cost of additional $60,000.

"Presently we're looking at spending $99,000 for the repaving of Main Street," said Grant.

Grant said the borough is also interested in erecting a salt shed at an estimated cost of $50,000.

"We're looking to put it on the property next to the borough building," said Grant. "But we have to have the deed researched as to who owns the property."

The borough building is the former fire station and while the borough owns the borough building, Grant is unsure whether the vacant lot next door was conveyed to the borough or if the fire company still owns the property.

The board voted to hire Att. Mike Greek's office to search the deed.

"We can't start that project until we know if we own the property," said Grant.

Grant noted that he is also interested in adopting a sidewalk ordinance before Main Street is paved so that the entire area is improved.

"I want it to look presentable and right now it doesn't look presentable with the broken sidewalks," he said.

"Also residents need to know that if sidewalks are broken, that if some one trips and falls, they are responsible," said Jennifer Emrey, council member.

The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in local communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG helps local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities.

At least 70 percent of CDBG funds must be used for projects that benefit low- and moderate-income persons and be used in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or addresses community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.

Council tabled discussing the adopting the Local Taxpayer Bill of Rights resolution and the Local Service Tax ordinance because two members of council did not attend the session.

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