Sewickley Borough, parking authority collaborate on paving project

Thursday, September 12, 2019 | 9:17 AM

The Sewickley Parking Authority has advertised a bid for the paving of Green Street and two parking lots on Green and Division Street. A contract will likely be awarded next week.

Sewickley Borough owns both lots, said Parking Authority Vice Chairman Del Miller, while the authority leases the parking spaces. At a Sept. 10 meeting, Sewickley borough council passed a resolution authorizing paving of the lots, at the expense of the Sewickley Parking Authority.

A separate resolution approved the paving of Green Street and the Parking Authority’s reimbursement for the expense.

Miller said in an email that the authority received six bids, through a process completed by Dan Slagle of Nichols & Slagle Engineering.

Slagle serves as Leetsdale Borough’s engineer. He said that his firm “bundled” three other municipal entities into Leetsdale’s 2018 paving project, saving taxpayer money.

“In doing so, (we) created enough volume that all four entities benefited by working together cooperatively,” he said.

By working together, municipalities can maximize the value of paving work and equipment. For example, just bringing a milling machine on site, Slagle said, costs about $8,000.

In the case of Sewickley, Slagle said that bundling Green Street with the two parking lots saves money for the Parking Authority and borough.

The total bid was $67,959, with Green Street accounting for $10,691 of the total.

“The apparent low bidder is Youngblood Paving,” Slagle said.

Work should wrap up within 60 days of a contract award, which is scheduled to occur Monday.

Miller said the authority will make an effort to keep any disruption from the work to a minimum.

“Assistant (Borough) Manager Erin Sakalik … will coordinate with all involved, including borough employees, merchants and contractors of work to be performed,” he said in an email.

With proper maintenance, paving work on the lots “should last for at least eight to 10 years,” Miller told council.

Also at the Sept. 10 meeting:

Council approved two separate resolutions requesting grants from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC). The first grant, in the amount of $100,000, will fund a culvert replacement in War Memorial Park.

The second resolution requested $150,000 for War Memorial Park stream restoration.

According to council, Beech Construction Inc. was the low bidder for the War Memorial culvert replacement work. Council awarded a contract for the work in the amount of $37,498.50, subject to Beech Construction obtaining the required insurance and bonds and receiving approval by the borough solicitor.

The 2020 budget planning meeting will take place at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 12 in council chambers.