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As the landslide on North Birmingham Avenue in Avalon gets worse, so does the borough’s fiscal health.

The borough expected to spend about $150,000 to erect a retaining wall along the steep roadway to stop the steady deterioration of the hillside. Officials learned recently that the slide has extended beyond the current work area, which will require that the retaining wall be extended some 40 feet, according to the borough engineer.

That extension will cost Avalon $68,325.


A portion of West Riverview Avenue will remain closed to traffic as Bellevue Borough begins the process of determining what caused the collapse of an18-foot retaining wall near where the street meets South Fremont Avenue.

A portion of the wall collapsed on April 19. Officials estimate the wall is at least 50 years old, while the concrete cap along its top is at least 20 years old.


A portion of Riverview Avenue in Bellevue will be closed for at least 90 days after part of a retaining wall collapsed last Sunday.

It will take at least that long for the borough engineer to evaluate the problem, arrange for geotechnical studies to determine if the road itself has been undermined, and for the borough to get bids on replacing the wall, according to director of administrative services Ron Borczyk.


There was good news, bad news, and even worse news delivered to Bellevue Council as the borough prepares to submit its wet weather feasibility study.


Bellevue engineer John Rusnak reported at the pre-council meeting JUne 4 that the second phase of concrete work has been completed at the Bayne Park skate plaza.

Work is beginning, he said, on designs for the third and final phase, which will include handicapped accessibility features and green infrastructure, funded by a grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.


Bellevue will end up paying about $40,000 more than it expected to for this year’s sewer repair work.

Engineer John Rusnak told council members at their meeting last Tuesday that the low bidder for the work had made a mistake and failed to include some work in his bid. Solicitor Patricia McGrail said was sufficient grounds for the contractor to be allowed to withdraw his bid.

The next lowest bidder’s price was about $40,000 more, Rusnak said.


Concrete work for the second phase of construction of the skate plaza in Bellevue’s Bayne Park is expected to begin this week.

Engineer John Rusnak told council members at their precouncil meeting on Wednesday that the existing plaza may be shut down for about 24 hours after the new concrete sections are poured.


Kilbuck officials are waiting to receive plans for the latest stabilization measure proposed at the Walmart property on Route 65, the scene of a massive landslide several years ago.

Township engineer Shawn Rosensteel said that engineers for the corporation will erect a large retaining wall as a safety measure, to stabilize the area for future work to prevent another landslide. The wall, which will be buried, will measure 20 to 30 feet deep and some 840 feet long, Rosensteel said.


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.


Spohn Ranch is requesting more money for the second phase of the Bellevue skate plaza project, and has submitted a change order to cover additional site preparation work.


Bellevue will be advertising for bids to repave several streets this year.

Council is expected to vote next Tuesday on a motion to accept bids for the repaving of South Fremont Avenue from Jefferson to Lincoln, West Avenue from Riverview to South Jackson, and North Sprague Avenue from Lincoln to Teece.

Engineer John Rusnak said the borough also will seek bids for two optional paving projects, Gay Lane, and the drive at Memorial Park. Depending on the prices, council could approve these additional projects.


After a heated discussion that had more to do with airing past grievances than debating the merits of hiring a new solicitor, Bellevue Council voted to replace the solicitor that has represented the borough for the last three years.


Cyril J. Elker


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.


The Kilbuck Town-ship Supervisors have authorized the township’s engineer to develop options for repairing Courtney Mill Road.

The road suffers from drainage problems that have undermined the street.

Township secretary Harry Dilmore said that the proposal will address various options and allow the township to have a “shovel ready” project if grant funds become available.


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.



More improvements are coming for Avon Park. At their Tuesday meeting, Ben Avon Council members unanimously voted to accept bids for three projects regarding the tennis court.

One was to McElroy Paving Co. for an asphalt surface at a price of $19,700. The cost was about $7,700 more than borough engineer Ed McGee had estimated. It was the only bid received, and McGee said council could either go with it or start over, and members voted to accept it.


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.


A new skate plaza should be open in Bayne Park by July, as the final approval for the project’s design is expected to come from Bellevue Council next week.

Local skateboarders requested a few changes to the design submitted by Spohn Ranch, the company that also will build the facility.

The project as planned consists of three independent phases, with construction of the first phase occurring this spring. Council then has the option to add to the plaza with the subsequent phases, or to stop after the first.


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.


Despite facing some costly infrastructure repairs, Ben Avon Heights officials have agreed not to raise the property tax millage rate in 2012, but may look at imposing a sewer surcharge.

The construction of a retaining wall on Briarcliff Road -- along with the associated engineering, easement and utility line movement costs -- could carry a price tag as high as $200,000, according to council president Mark Davis.


After awarding Pampena Landscaping & Construction two bids in August to make repairs in Ben Avon, borough officials say they have not yet received the necessary bonds and documents. At Tuesday's meeting, council voted to award the work to different companies if Pampena has not supplied the information to engineer Ed McGee by Oct. 25.


Bellevue’s engineer will be asked to provide alternate plans for parking and handicapped-accessible ramps in Bayne Park while council wrangles with what work should be done in conjunction with the construction of a skate plaza there.

Plans to extend the current lot and widen the driveway to accommodate two passing vehicles met with opposition from elected officials and residents due to the amount of “green” space that would be lost.