McCandless approves street paving list, purchase of new truck
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 1:20 PM
McCandless council approved several measures at its first business meeting of the year to help the public works department gear up for spring and summer projects.
Topping the action taken was unanimous approval of the list of streets that will be paved this year with $2.1 million budgeted for the program.
Council also agreed to seek competitive bids from contractors for street paving.
Public Works Superintendent Mark Sabina said the bids will be advertised for two weeks with plans to open the ones received on Feb. 4 and ask council to award a contract to the lowest responsible bidder at its Feb. 19 meeting.
“Once we get that in place, hopefully will be ready (to begin work) by April 1,” he said.
The list of roads that will be paved was changed just prior to the Jan. 13 meeting after Sabina learned that a proposed development along Corporate Drive this year could result in the need to tear up a freshly paved road.
A local restaurant chain has proposed tearing down the former TGI Friday’s building on Corporate Drive and replacing it with a new building that would house the second Alta Via restaurant in the region.
During the same meeting, council approved the transfer of the liquor license for the new restaurant from a closed restaurant in Munhall.
Sabina recommended replacing the paving work originally scheduled for Corporate Drive with three other streets — Oxbridge, Regency and Saratoga drives — that will cover about the same area as Corporate and take roughly the same amount of time to complete.
In a related issue, council also approved the purchase of a 10-ton dump truck chassis at a cost of $87,943 through Pennsylvania’s COSTARS cooperative purchasing program.
Sabina pressed council to approve the truck purchase that night to avoid a delay in obtaining the vehicle.
He said the dealer, Hill International Truck, can obtain a truck chassis if it is ordered before Jan. 31.
“If it’s delayed,we probably won’t see a truck before 14 or 18 months,” he said.
Once the truck is obtained, it will have to be outfitted with a bed, hydraulic system to lift the bed and a snow plow and salt spreading system that will be used during the winter.
Council also agreed to seek bids to refurbish the tennis courts in Devlin Park.
Sabina said cracks in the surface were temporarily filled last year with crushed brick dust, but the material has hardened enough to avoid the need to replace the courts.
Instead, the surface will have a “micro surface” installed and be color-coded for tennis matches.
Following is the list of streets followed by the start and end points for the work that are slated to be paved this year:
• Blazier Drive, McKnight to Pine Creek
• Chesapeake Avenue, South Irwin to dead end
• Cumberland Road, Babcock to Peebles
• Elm Street, Maple to Knoll
• Emery Drive, Babcock to the turn around
• Katherine Drive, entire length
• Knoll Street, Peebles to Elm
• LeGrand Drive, McCandless to the turn around
• Locust Street, Peebles to the dead end
• Magellan Drive, E. Arcadia to Stuyvesant
• Maple Street, Knoll to Locust
• McCandless Drive, Blazier to Grubbs
• Orchard Road, Highland to Southvale
• Oxbridge Drive, Regency to Ross Township line
• Pallas Drive, Magellan to Anderson
• Park Edge Drive, E. Arcadia to Albemarle
• Regency Drive, Brittany to Ross Township line
• Ridgewood Drive, Kummer to Parkview
• Robinson Road, Orchard to Hilliard
• Sandalwood Lane, Hilliard to Orchard
• Saratoga Drive, Magellan to Ingomar
• Shirley Drive, Hedwig to the dead end
• Southvale Road, Hilliard to Woodcrest
• Stuyvesant Road, Saratoga to Albemarle
• Valley Road, Ingomar to Highland
• Waldwick Drive, Remington to Ross Township line