- Grove City, Pennsylvania

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June 18, 2014

Rock spring bulk trash date set

SLIPPERY ROCK — The 2015 date for spring bulk trash pickup in Slippery Rock was approved at Tuesday’s council meeting with little discussion.

Council members agreed on the May 15 date, and the vote was unanimous. Council President Dave Miller and councilor Ken Harris were absent.

Council was also interested in May 8 since Slippery Rock University students graduate on May 9, but Tri-County Industries Inc., the borough’s garbage hauler, already had that date booked.

“We’re dictated by our hauler what dates are available,” said Ron Steele, council vice president, adding that Slippery Rock is just one of TCI’s many customers.

Sticking to the topic of garbage, borough landlord Bonnie Davis said she received seven violations for having bulk trash set out too soon before pickup last month while residential homeowners who did the same thing were not cited.

She feels the landlords are being unfairly targeted.

A borough ordinance says that bulk trash cannot be set out sooner than 24 hours before it’s picked up, but that restriction hasn’t always been in place, Davis said.

“It’s one of the things we’re still looking at,” Steele said of potential ordinance revisions.

The spring date for bulk trash issue had been a sticking point for months among council members, residents and landlords after council in fall 2012 changed the 2013 date from May to March.

It was changed back to May this year - with council agreeing to cover the extra cost of changing the date. The borough has one more year left on the TCI contract.

In other business, council members on Tuesday:

• Agreed to get a cost estimate on paving Maltby Avenue.

• Heard from Dave Taggart, chief of Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Team, that the warning siren at the station will be tested at 6 p.m. each Monday until further notice. It was recently updated and needs to be tested.

• Approved the purchase of six radios for the police department from Staley Communications for $5,183.88. Slippery Rock Police Chief Terry Fedokovitz said it’s time to replace the current radios, which are about 12 to 15 years old, and some of them aren’t transmitting properly.

• Agreed to have State Pipe Services jet clean and vacuum the storm water pipe from School Alley to the main intersection for $240 per hour for a minimum of four hours.

• Agreed to allow P. Joseph Lehman to install one groundwater monitoring well on Midway Alley behind the former First National Bank building, subject to an access agreement in a form and substance approved by the solicitor. The well is for the new Sheetz gas station to ensure there’s no discharge at the site.

• Agreed to close South Main Street from Franklin Street to Cooper Street from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 for the 12th annual VillageFest, and to prohibit parking on Elm Street from New Castle Street to West Cooper Street, and on Maple Street from East Cooper Street to Franklin Street.

• Agreed to close the Gateway parking lot from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 during VillageFest for children’s games.

• Approved a resolution adopting the borough’s rules of order for its public meetings, which may be amended from time to time.

• Agreed to allow Borough Administrator Lucinda Lipko to attend the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System seminar June 19 in Monroeville with reimbursement for mileage.

• Heard from Stephen Larson, a computer science professor at Slippery Rock University, who said he and his students would be interested in conducting an analysis and design project of the borough that would include help with the borough’s website. Council members said that would be a great opportunity, and more information is expected to be available for the July 1 meeting.

Published June 7, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

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