Council members Monday night awarded a contract for $72.29 per ton delivered for rock salt from Cargill Inc.
It was the only bid submitted through the South Hills Area Council of Governments Purchasing Alliance of which Bridgeville is a member.
Some states and counties have received no bids at all for rock salt this year with the industry citing depleted inventories as the main reason, according to borough officials.
Nino Petrocelli, Sr., chairman of the finance committee, said the price represents a $20 increase per ton, and it will add $20,000 in expenses to the borough budget, but he said some communities are paying up to $120 a ton for salt this year.
“Some private companies can’t even buy it,” he said.
Mr. Petrocelli suggested the borough mix ashes in with the salt to stretch the supply.
■ Volunteer Fire Department Chief William Chilleo said the department will take delivery of a new ladder truck in April 2015.
He also announced that 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the fire department. Chief Chilleo said the department is forming a committee to plan a celebration and events for the anniversary year.
Borough officials and engineers will meet with residents to discuss the June flash flooding events at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the municipal building, One Veterans Way.
■ A ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the federally funded Tri-Community Revitalization Project through Carnegie, Heidelberg, and Scott is planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at the intersection of Third Street and West Railroad Street near the town clock.
■ Council voted 5-1 to grant the conditional use application to Qun Shen, owner of Excel-USA Trading and Services, with the proviso that her massage parlor comply with federal, state, and local regulations.
Operating hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days per week. Each massage therapist will be required to have a Pennsylvania license to practice in the state. An exterior sign must have council's approval.
Council President, Pat Catena, was opposed, saying, "I wasn't comfortable with some of the answers to the questions that were asked during the conditional use hearings."
After the vote, Ms. Shen's attorney, Jesse Chen, thanked council.
■ Council voted 5-1 to approve a one-year extension to the contract with Republic Services for waste removal. Council President Pat Catena said after the vote, "Service has improved. They have taken our complaints seriously and are getting the job done. If residents remain unsatisfied, please bring it to our attention.“
Councilman Phil Boyd, who opposed the extension, said, "the sub-standard service we received for an extended period of time was somewhat corrected by the company by bringing in a few employees from another area. I can only surmise that Carnegie just wasn't important enough to them to act more quickly. I wanted to send them a message that not everyone is OK with the situation or the time it took to come up with the solution, so I voted no."
Organizers of the 14th Rock the Quarry event on the Panhandle Trail are accepting donations for prizes for auctions and raffles for the outdoor activity Aug. 22-23 on the trail section adjacent to Walkers Mill Road.
Event coordinators also are asking for volunteers to help set up and clean up.
Among the activities and events will be vendors, music, food, games, raffles, a science demonstration and a campfire. Saturday morning will feature a Steel City Road Runners race. In the evening, there will be a flag ceremony and a rubber ducky race.
The times for the event are 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 22 and noon to 11 p.m. on Aug. 23. Admission and parking are free. Visitors should bring chairs.
Prospective vendors, donors and volunteers should contact Madeline Fotovich, 724-693-8635.
All sponsor donations received will benefit the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail.
Residents are being warned about recent telephone scams in which a caller demands immediate payment through a credit card or bank account.
Several residents have contacted the borough about the calls from individuals who identify themselves as being billing and collection agents for Duquesne Light Company and the Internal Revenue Service.
Other callers have represented themselves from Publishers Clearing House, telling the resident they have won a prize but in order for to receive their winnings, the individual must submit payment to cover processing fees.
Residents are warned to be wary of anyone calling to request a payment. Authorities advise to double check with authorities prior to sending money to anyone.
An $1,800 grant from St. Clair Hospital has enabled the installation of an Automated External Defibrillator in the Heidelberg Community Room, 1639 East Railroad Street.
Council president Rick Pattinato, in a news release, said the room hosts town meetings, community events, social activities and is home to the historical society.
■ The borough’s Community Yard Sale Day is Sept. 6 from 7 a.m. to noon. Residents can participate in a yard sale at home or business and the borough will advertise the event. If you would like your yard sale listed on a shared flyer, send your name and address to the Borough at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-276-0363
Brooke Danford, a legal secretary, was hired Aug. 6 as assistant municipal secretary, replacing Janet Sieracki who retired in April.
Assistant manager Jeffrey Ziegler said she was selected among around 65 applicants. She will receive an annual salary of $40,000. She was hired on a 3-0 vote. Chairman Jim Vitale and vice chairman Andy Gribben were absent.
■ Supervisors voted to approve the $75,675 purchase of new high definition television studio cameras for MCA and MAG-TV from the Lerro Corporation of Norristown.
Bids were opened on July 29. Jim Koepfinger, Director of Technology and Communications recommended the company. The vote was 3-0.