Scott officials to dip into flooding concerns

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Scott officials continued to discuss the township's unresolved flooding issues Tuesday.

"We have to really throw some money at this and take a long-term approach," said 4th Ward Commissioner David Calabria, who worried that repair costs could run more than $1 million.

A lot of residents have told their commissioners about their flooding problems, he added.

He said he thought the township could do some corrective work.

Our Lady of Grace Church and School has received approval from the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese to proceed with repairs on its property.

Also, township engineer Larry Lennon has been asked to do a cursory review of the flooding problems and estimate repair costs. His report will be presented Oct. 8.

The Lindsay Road bridge channel contractor is scheduled to begin stream remediation work Monday, Mr. Lennon said.

Judith Corbett of Scrubgrass Road told officials that a "tremendous amount" of water comes onto Scrubgrass Road from the Clairview hillside, churning water in the creek.

"Scott needs to get control of the water coming off of that hillside. You have to help us," she said.

"You're on the [repair] list," Tom Castello, president of the commissioners, responded.

In another issue, Commissioner Bill Wells suggested Tuesday that the township make some long-range plans.

"Have we ever considered a strategic plan for Scott Township?" he asked at the end of the meeting. "We all jump in the air and we have no idea how we're going to get there." He added that most municipalities in the area have such plans.

Scott manager Denise Fitzgerald agreed. "I recommend it," she said.

Mr. Wells said the plan should be tied in with the township's amenities, such as the library and park.

In other business, officials heard a presentation from Future Skate LLC, maker of synthetic ice rinks.

Marty Coyne, company president, said the rinks are less expensive than traditional rinks, are low maintenance and can be used year-round. Although the hard polymer plastic rinks are new to the U.S., they have been in use in Europe for 60 years, Mr. Coyne said.

The rinks are placed atop 4-inch concrete bases. The cost is estimated at $200,000 to $300,000 and includes a 10- to 15-year warranty.

Resident Pat Martin asked how much the rink would cost, but Mrs. Fitzgerald did not want to say because the project would have to go out for bid. Although some officials seemed interested in such a rink, possibly for the overflow parking lot at the main park, others were not so sure.

"There are a lot of things we have to discuss before we do this," Mr. Wells said.

Here are the winners of this year's lottery for free pool parties: Chartiers Terrace Housing Association, Our Lady of Grace Catholic School and Chartiers Valley Baseball Association.

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Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer:


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