Verona Council Notebook: Regular April Meeting
New police car, new public works truck and sewer repairs were among the items discussed.
Here's a roundup of items discussed at the April 10 Verona Council meeting:
New Police Car
Mayor Dave Ricupero said the police department would get a new Ford Explorer.
Ricupero said a $15,000 grant received with the help of state Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-32) will expire in June. That amount will be used to pay for a portion of the car this year. Next year, the borough would be responsible for about $12,093. The police department most likely will retire its Jeep.
New Public Works Truck
Officials have agreed to purchase a new public works truck.
The total cost of the truck is $70,000 and includes all the equipment needed for the department, including for snow removal. The borough has a $20,000 grant for the purchase of the truck.
Councilman Tony Futules said the borough has the option of financing the remaining $50,000 at 6 percent interest over the next three to five years. The truck also has a 100,000-mile warranty.
Councilman Dom Conte said the new truck will replace the department's 1995 truck—it's bed is rusting, the doors need to be replaced and the transmission blew.
The borough public works department will be working to repair a broken sewer line on Jones Street. Because of the break, a portion of the road has been sinking in.
Borough engineer Larry Seiler said crews tried to look at the line with a camera, but it was flooded with water.
"The condition is so poor, and 20 feet of pipe needs to be replaced," he said.
Penn Hills also has flow through the line, so Seiler said the borough would work with the municipality's officials to determine what their share of the repair cost would be. Once those details are ironed out, a portion of the road might be closed off for the repair. Verona police will be on hand for traffic control.
The April 24 Verona Council meeting has been canceled due to the primary election.
Verona's Earth Day celebration will be on Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park next to the borough building.
There will be vendors, food, entertainment and more.