City opens bids for stormwater project
HERMITAGE – Hermitage city officials opened six highly competitive bids Wednesday from companies that want to do a stormwater drainage improvement project on Festor Lane.
J&T Paving of Greenville submitted the apparent low bid at $107,940. The other bids ranged from $109,071 to $169,262.
Officials had set aside $110,000 for the project, which engineer Herbert, Rowland and Grubic had estimated at $115,000.
The project calls for replacing or installing 600 feet of pipe. None of the work will be done in the street, although a number of driveways will be dug up and repaired, said engineer Jon Snyder.
An open drainage channel running between Festor and Pleasant Drive will be piped.
The replacement work will remove pipe that had been installed over the years, much of it by homeowners.
Prior to the successful bidder starting work, city employees will do work on Pleasant, Snyder said.
Festor is slated to be resurfaced by a separate contract, which city commissioners could award the same day as the stormwater project, March 26.
Pa. Senate approves school snow days bill
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s public schools are closer to getting more flexibility in making up snow days after a vote in Harrisburg.
The state Senate approved the bill unanimously Wednesday, sending it to the state House of Representatives.
The sponsor, Sen. Jake Corman of Centre County, says the bill would help districts avoid extending the school year deep into June to make up for school cancellations and delays during Pennsylvania’s severe winter.
Under the bill, districts could lengthen school days to make up time by allowing them to calculate the school year on an hourly basis, rather than a daily basis. Also, the bill would let districts hold classes on one Saturday each month.
Corman says the bill mirrors legislation passed in 1996 after severe flooding.
School chief: Calamity days bill won’t apply
BROOKFIELD – Ohio legislators approved a bill that would give school districts an extra four calamity days to offset the large number of snow days that students were forced to take, but it isn’t as simple as it first appears, said Brookfield Local Schools Superintendent Tim Saxton.
Other contingency options must be exhausted first, such as using take-home assignments in “blizzard bags” or doing similar work online.
“You have to use those other options first to get credit for school days. In this case, it doesn’t appear as though this bill will help Brookfield. It doesn’t just give us four days to use at our discretion,” he said.
Students missed seven days of school due to bad weather.
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Doss: Public has right to know
A major part of Farrell council’s work session Monday was spent deciding whether or not to inform the audience about an unofficial police proposal from the City of Sharon.
Budget falling short despite tax hike
Farrell residents may have seen an income tax increase this year, but the city isn’t seeing the extra dollars City Manager Michael Ceci budgeted for.
Visitors to Oakwood Cemetery would see many familiar local names if they looked down the hillside to the left just inside the gate on Sharon’s North Oakland Avenue.
Police: Kids in car were OK
The mother of two young children was drunk and passed out when police found them all in a car parked along a city street, Sharon police said.
To talk – or not – about police
The mysterious agenda item, “No. 10,” at Farrell’s council meeting Monday became the center of a heated workshop and business session.
Community thanks its first-responders
Sharpsville honored its emergency responders Sunday at an event that included Mertz Towers residents as special guests.
Drilling boom challenges state inspectors
The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the last century.
A span of time
Four generations of the Cadman family have enjoyed the Kidds Mill Covered Bridge, which is in Pymatuning Township near where the family’s ancestral farm is located.
Intruder hurts woman, takes $5
A home invasion in Hermitage Friday night sent an elderly woman to the hospital and netted the robber $5.
March against crime set for Aug. 5
At the last Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Commission meeting, Chief Riley Smoot Jr. presented the number of incidents for each of the four communities in May.
Farrell topped out at 819.
History buffs and picnickers in the Shenango Valley won’t have to drive to Sharpsville to hang out at the old Erie Canal extension lock. They’ll soon have the option to walk or roll in on bicycles and even powered chairs to visit Canal Park near the outflow of Shenango Dam.
Balloon Quest celebrates 25 years
Today is the final day of the 25th annual Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest at Scotland Meadows Park.
News briefs from July 26, 2014
Man faces bomb threat charges
June building tops $4 million in Hermitage
Elderly man survives plane crash
An elderly man survived wrecking his plane into a bank, then landing into a wetland, about 200 feet south of Runway 28 at Grove City Regional Airport in Springfield Township on Friday.
Man arrested for April gunfight
Federal marshals and local police arrested Dontae Rashad Pinkins Thursday on a warrant accusing him of involvement in an April gunfight with another man in a Sharon alley.
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