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Parryville Council discusses road repairs and construction of salt shed

Published March 23. 2011 05:00PM

Parryville Council president Mike Grant announced on Tuesday night that Parryville will receive $48,471 in block grant funds and hopes to put the funding to good use by resurfacing borough streets.

Grant said he realizes that the funds are not enough to resurface all the roads that need it and plans to see if any funds can be used from the general fund to repair or replace the worst of the borough's road surfaces. Grant said that Main Street and North Harrity Road need to be resurfaced, but the cost for road materials is based on the price of oil, which is high and costs are climbing.

"Possibly we could grind and mill Main Street, but North Harrity Road is down to it's base, which is more expensive," he said.

Grant said that after cost estimates for road repairs are received, council will discuss options.

In another road related issue, Grant said that he has investigated two possible locations to place the salt shed. One location is at the fire company property and the other is next door to the borough building. Grant said that he is currently investigating the property lines and is planning to discuss the locations with the borough engineer and to determine feasibility of each location.

Grant said the borough property was conveyed in 1919, which is part of the reason it is taking so long to investigate the deeds.

Grant said that the building will be expensive, with a cost estimate of $45,000 to $50,000. It will be constructed out of cement for longevity, he added.

"We have to do something," said Grant. "We had salt spread twice and it cost us $1,200 each time. If we own our own salt shed, we could manage it better."

In the past winter, Grant said the borough had to load the frozen cinders and park the truck in the garage and wait for them to thaw out before spreading them.

Grant said that he also hopes to resurface the playground parking lot and basketball court this year.

Grant also announced that a zoning hearing board meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in the borough building for the board to announce it's decision in regard to Riverwalck Saloon. The zoning hearing board held three hearings in the past five months to hear public testimony, but did not announce a decision at the meeting to give the board time to review the testimony and make a decision.

Riverwalck Saloon owner Mark Stemler is seeking approval to several special exceptions from the zoning ordinance relating to set backs and footage, parking requirements, allowing usage of decks/porches seasonally, a variance from dimensional requirements for parking spaces, a variance to eliminate the off-street loading space requirement, plus to convert one of the outbuildings to a garage and storage facility. He also wants to add attic space in one of the secondary outbuildings and seeks a variance to modify the structure. He also seeks a variance to convert a second outbuilding to allow the building to be used for covered parking and storage and to convert the second building from residential use to covered motorcycle parking and storage. Stemler also seeks a variance to permit the entryway to remain because it controls the flow of traffic and access to the premises, plus seeks a variance from the sign setback.

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