EAST BRADY – Construction projects including street paving and sanitary sewer work caught the attention of East Brady Borough Council members at their meeting last Tuesday evening.

Council members received six bids for street paving projects throughout the borough.

According to borough secretary Susan Buechele after the meeting, the streets to be paved include Robinson Street from Third Street (Route 68) to Ferry Street; First Street from Grant Street to Robinson Street; Second Street from Grant Street to Robinson Street; and Fifth Street from Purdum Street to Grant Street.

“We will also be putting curbs in on the lower side of Grant Street between Fourth and Fifth streets,” Buechele noted.

After opening the bid sheets on May 6, the council unanimously agreed to award the work to low-bidder Wiest Asphalt Products & Paving of Butler at a cost of $58,866.20.

Council president Barb Mortimer said the funds for the paving will come from the borough’s Liquid Fuels account and should leave a balance of approximately $10,000 at the end of the project.

“That’s just about what we pay for salt and anti-skid in the winter,” she said of the remaining balance.

No timetable for the paving work has been set.

In other construction matters during the May 7 meeting, borough engineer Bob Roach of Senate Engineering updated borough officials on the progress of two sewer projects along Second Avenue and Grant Street, both being completed by Terra Works.

“Terra Works is finishing the Second Avenue Sewer Project that was started last fall,” Roach told council members, noting that the construction company returned on May 6 to pave the street and complete the restoration work. “Everything looks good.”

According to Roach, the total cost of the Second Avenue Sewer Project was $267,675, which included a change order for additional fire hydrants and extra storm water improvements at the top of the hill. The borough was awarded $261,568 in Community Development Block Grant funding for the project, leaving $6,107 to be paid out of borough accounts.

“It worked out pretty well,” he said. He added, however, that the county must sign off on the completed project in order for the borough to receive the CDBG funding.

With the restoration work seemingly complete and the inspector expected the following day, the borough council agreed to award the final payment for the project in the amount of $38,801, contingent on approval from the county and receipt of the close-out documents from Terra Works.

As construction on the Second Avenue project is completed, Roach said Terra Works is ready to begin work on the Grant Street Sanitary Sewer and Water Line Replacement Project.

“Terra Works started mobilizing and bringing some equipment yesterday [May 6],” he explained, noting that Terra Works planned to work on Grant Street the remainder of the week.

Likewise to the Second Avenue project, Roach said that East Brady is set to receive $217,409 in county CDBG funding for the Grant Street project. Although the lowest bidder, he said the estimate from Terra Works for the sanitary sewer work was slightly higher than expected at $293,100, which, along with an alternate bid of $143,403 for the water line replacement, brought the total cost of the project to $436,503.

“The borough wanted to piggy back [the water line replacement] like it did on Second Avenue,” he said, explaining that East Brady received the required paperwork and a notice to proceed was signed. “Obviously, you have a good contractor so we feel pretty good about that.”

Echoing Roach’s assessment of Terra Works, Mortimer said that projects such as the Second Avenue Sewer Project and the Grant Street Sanitary Sewer and Water Line Replacement Project probably would not have been possible without the CDBG funding.

“We’ve had an excellent run over the last five or more years,” Mortimer said. “We’ve received a lot of CDBG money.”

Mortimer continued, however, that she recently learned that East Brady is no longer considered a low-to-moderate income community, which means it is no longer eligible to receive community-wide CDBG funding.

“These numbers are good for five years,” she explained. Although East Brady is not eligible for CDBG money as a community, Mortimer said the borough could still apply for funding for a particular area — such as a certain street or block — considered to be low-to-moderate income. “We’re going to have to put our thinking caps on to see what projects we can come up with.”

Other Business

• Mortimer reported that East Brady received a letter from the U.S. Geological Survey stating an interest in studying the borough’s water this summer.

“They want to come and do a comprehensive well-water quality analysis at no charge for selected public water supply wells and aquifers located along the river,” she explained.

Although unfamiliar with this particular study, Roach said he knows USGS does a lot of water quality sampling and flow analyses to provide data to people along the major rivers.

No action was taken on the matter.

• Council members said that the Allegheny Valley Land Trust recently completed a bike lane in Shady Shores.

• After hearing concerns from a borough resident regarding the condition of an unpaved part of Brady Street, the council said it would look into the issue.