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Avalon is looking at a hefty price tag to solve a landslide problem on North Birmingham Avenue that is continuing to threaten the stability of the steep roadway.

Engineer Shawn Rosensteel said that the hillside has fallen significantly in the recent wet weather, already dropping some two-and-a-half feet, and the problem will only get worse as spring rains arrive.

“Something needs to stop the earth moving on Birmingham,” Rosensteel said.

Borough manager Harry Dilmore said that cracks are already beginning to reappear in the asphalt.


Kilbuck officials now have an idea of what it will take -- in terms of work and money -- to fix Courtney Mill Road, and will start searching for grants and contributions.

Township engineer Shawn Rosensteel, of Chester Engineers, told the Kilbuck Supervisors at their meeting on Tuesday that the price tag for the road project is $255,000. That will cover four phases of construction on the section of road from the Shannopin Country Club driveway to the Ross Township border.


Deciding the risk of delay was too great, Avalon Council voted Tuesday to move ahead with geotechnical work on North Birmingham Avenue while trying to find a way to cover the $18,300 cost.

The work will involve core borings and the development of a professional opinion and design work for an unstable landslide area along the steep roadway.


Avalon Council has approved the first two readings of an ordinance that will make sure restaurant grease will not go into the borough's sewer system.

The ordinance will impose regulations for grease traps in food preparation facilities, including restaurants, school cafeterias, etc.

Engineer Shawn Rosensteel said that the ordinance is needed in conjunction with the mandated plan for sanitary sewer maintenance currently under development, and that preventing grease dumping will save the borough whe


Experts are still trying to figure out how to address a landslide on North birmingham Avenue in Avalon.

Engineer Shawn Rosensteel said that a geotechnical engineer has been brought in and will more than likely want core borings of the slide area before recommending any action.

Residents are advised not to park in the area.


Kilbuck Township is facing some major sewer funding issues in the coming years.

Township engineer Shawn Rosensteel warned the supervisors at their meeting Tuesday that three different projects could prove costly.


Avalon and Bellevue officials will be happy to know that all three bids received for replacement of the West Bellevue Road sewer line came in less than the estimated cost -- and within the available grant funds.

Avalon engineer Shawn Rosensteel recommended, and the borough council agreed, that the bid be awarded to Independent Enterprises at a price of $278,400.


Although most of the homes in the proposed Carey's Bluff development will lie within Glenfield Borough, one key element is planned for Kilbuck Township, where officials are hoping to protect Kilbuck and its residents from any future problems.

Developers of the community -- which will include both single family homes and condominiums -- along Toms Run Road want to place a sewage treatment plant on the Kilbuck side of the border, but officials want to make sure that plant doesn't end up costing Kilbuck in the future.


The long-awaited demolition of several abandoned houses in Avalon is expected to begin next week.

Borough engineer Shawn Rosensteel told residents and officials at the Avalon Council meeting Tuesday that the contractor would begin work to demolish two houses on Fisk Avenue and another on Norwood.

Residents had complained about rodents and weeds at the Fisk Avenue properties, as well as about other dangerous conditions at the dilapidated properties.



In rapid-fire succession, Avalon Council adopted a number of ordinances and motions at their meeting on Dec. 30, most with no discussion.


Replacing a sewer line on the Avalon - Bellevue border carries a steep price tag, and not just in dollars and cents.

While the nearly $400,000 estimated cost of the West Bellevue Station sewer is something neither borough expected before a few months ago, the higher price may be paid in the relationship between the two governments as they wrangle over how to split the cost.

Avalon borough engineer Shawn Rosensteel told officials from that borough Tuesday that a plan to address the badly deteriorated and broken sewer line has been prepared.


Bellevue and Avalon officials who like to talk about joint efforts will have their words put to the test in dealing with a sewer repair project that threatens to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The problem with the West Bellevue Road sanitary sewer is not a new one. A year ago, both boroughs were ordered by the Allegheny County Health Department to make emergency repairs to a broken line that was sending raw sewage above ground. The boroughs then were supposed to submit a long term plan for addressing the decaying sewer line.


Elizabeth Avenue in Avalon will be patched in an attempt to get through the winter until the lower end of the street can be rebuilt next spring.

The road from Jackman Avenue to Ohio River Boulevard was completely undermined earlier this fall when a tractor-trailer truck sheared off a fire hydrant at the Jackman Avenue intersection and then broke the water line below. Thousands of gallons of water flowed under Elizabeth before the truck could be moved and the line repaired.


Unknown -- although not unexpected -- sewer problems will ensure that Avalon uses the entire $2.1 million borrowed to fund a boroughwide rehabilitation project, and ends up without enough money to completely repair all lines.

Chester Engineers' Shawn Rosensteel told council members at their meeting Wednesday evening that it had been possible to trim about $200,000 from the original cost estimate of $1.7 million before deficiencies discovered during the project ate up the savings as well as the contingency funds built into the borough's financing through PennVEST.