LIST: Leaders Discuss Which Roads Should Be Repaved in Baldwin Boro
And other notes from Tuesday night's Baldwin Council meeting.
The Baldwin Borough Council is reviewing a preliminary list of 29 Baldwin streets and 30 total borough spots that are in need of some sort of road repair.
The borough's 2013 budget shows $800,000 allocated for such repair (up $50,000 from 2012), but the estimated cost to repair all 30 spots discussed at Tuesday night's council agenda meeting is over $3 million, meaning that not every troubled spot can likely be corrected this year.
The list includes 15 spots each in north and south Baldwin:
|Bour Street||Waterman Avenue||Steiner Street|
|Brazil Street||Calvert Avenue||Brinwood Avenue|
|Edward Drive||Cloverfield Drive||Emery Drive|
|Eileen Drive||Pleasantvue Drive||Kathleen Drive|
|Elizabeth Street||Songo Street||Dead End|
||Brentwood Borough Line
|Broadlea Road||Hollowhaven Drive||Ranchview Drive|
|Charlotte Drive||McAnulty Road||525 Charlotte|
|Elaine Drive (Part 1)||Norma Drive||Clelia Drive|
|Elaine Drive (Part 2)||Clelia Drive||McAnulty Road|
|Jenne Drive||Gardenville Road||McAnulty Road|
|Judith Drive||Norma Drive||McAnulty Road|
|Keeport Drive||Curry Hollow Road||Youngridge Drive|
|Koeffler Drive||Gardenville Road||Bethel Park Line|
|Lois Drive||Norma Drive||McAnulty Road|
|Macassar Drive||Wolfe Drive||Dead End|
|Overland Trail||Adobe Road||Brownsville Road|
|Portia Drive||Bethel Park Line||McAnulty Road|
|Ranchview Drive||Broadlea Road||Overland Trail|
|Tommy Drive||Jean Drive||Dead End|
|Youngridge Drive||Keeport Drive||Keeport Drive|
Instead of completely repaving each of these places for long-term restoration, the borough could save money and extend the life of existing pavement by merely seal coating, or "tar-and-chipping," troubled spots, borough engineer Larry Souleret said.
"There are some municipalities using it to spread their paving dollar out," Souleret said of seal coating. "The state does it a lot."
Said Councilman John Ferris about that possibility, "You buy yourself a good two years."
And Souleret said, "Maybe five or six (years)."
Borough Manager John Barrett said that Baldwin might be able to afford to repave each of the regular north Baldwin roads (Bour Street, Edward Drive, Hazelhurst Avenue, et al.) if the council decided to only seal coat the alleys (Carrie Way, Dryer Way, Gem Way, et al.).
The council will make a decision on which roads to repair—and the quality of that repair—at a future borough meeting.
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Public Hearing for Ryan Homes
Representatives of Ryan Homes, a developer of residences in north Baldwin's Breckenridge Highlands complex, will appear in front of the Baldwin Council at a special meeting on Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
The Ryan reps will argue to have their "setback" for five future Breckenridge homes reduced to 15 feet. Setback is the amount of space required in the borough between a structure and the street that it sits along.
The borough's Planning Commission has rejected Ryan's request.
The special meeting will be held in the council chambers of the borough municipal building along Churchview Avenue. The meeting is open to the public, and should circumstances dictate, it would be moved to the municipal auditorium of the same building.
Baldwin Mayor Alexander R. Bennett Jr. was absent from Tuesday's meeting.
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