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Sidewalk Inspections Underway in Red Hill
Written by Candace Perry, Corresponent

Violations will be  equired to be corrected


        Red Hill officials have known for some time that the state of the borough sidewalks was not good, but now they have the evidence to prove it.
        Council member and code review chair Doris Decker reported on the progress of code enforcement officer Matt Walter’s inspection of the sidewalks and curbs at the council’s April 11 regular meeting.
        Decker stated that Walter had started his inspections in the 300 block of Main Street, and that nearly every property owner would be receiving a letter requiring repair of the sidewalks and/or curbs, or trimming of overhanging vegetation. He will be continuing his inspections for the rest of the borough in the coming weeks.
        Council is planning ahead for street repair when inspections and sidewalk and curb repairs are completed. Council president Tom Paul reported that he had met with maintenance supervisor Conrad Bender to discuss planning for street repair for 2013. Paul said that two or three areas of Bitting Alley need to be “milled out and repaired” but any major street work would be saved for next year, when the curb repairs are completed.
        He stated that the council should determine which streets were in need of repair this year and noted that 4th Street, particularly, was on the list. The affected property owners then could be notified far in advance. The borough’s liquid fuels funds can be used for these repairs.
        In other news, two tree trimming refuse pick up days by Todd’s Tree Service have been scheduled for property owners in the borough. The first will be held on Monday, May 7 from 7:00 a.m. until noon. Property owners should put tree trimmings where their trash is usually picked up. The cut portions of the branches must be going with the direction of traffic in order for them to be picked up; any branches not in this position will not be picked up. Only tree trimmings will be collected.
        Parks and recreation chair Paul Snyder reported that trees in Centennial Park had been trimmed by Todd’s Tree Service, and that hard wood chips left over were in a large pile next to the roll-off at the municipal garage, and were available to the public for use in flower beds, while they last. 
        Solicitor Mark Hosterman reviewed the results of a meeting with the Pennsylvania Builders’ Association representative regarding the borough’s proposed temporary occupancy permit ordinance.
        “He [the association representative] seemed to think these changes would be acceptable,” Hosterman said.
        The ordinance will need to be advertised, and other borough and county planning commissions will need to review it, prior to the public hearing at the June 13 council meeting.
        Hosterman noted that the proposed ordinance was “more in compliance with the existing standards of the UCC [Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code].”
        The council also approved a resolution supporting Pennsylvania House Bill 29, raising the prevailing wage contracts from $25,000 to $185,000.





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