MANAGER’S MESSAGE ...
As the end of the year approaches, I
would like to update the community
on the status of several projects
completed this year and those that are
Road Improvement Program
As in past years, Borough Council
invested over $200,000 in road
improvement projects in 2004.
These projects have followed a previously defined road
maintenance schedule which will again be the starting
point for our 2005 Road Improvement Program.
Council strives to have an early bird package “let” in order
to receive the best possible price from our contractors.
Initial discussions on the 2005 Road Improvement
Program will occur in the early part of 2005 with a
finalized package prepared by April.
Hamilton Park Improvements
Despite a very wet spring and summer, our contractors
completed the Phase II improvements to Hamilton
Phase II projects included completion of the walking
trail, addition of two horse shoe pits, construction of a
new tot play area, refurbishment of half-court
basketball court and the addition of ten more stations
to the existing exercise course.
State grants totaling approximately $100,000 were used
to make these improvements.
Construction in the park did inconvenience park goers
this summer but with the above noted improvements in
Administrative Consent Order (ACO)
In 2004, Castle Shannon and over 80 other communities
entered into an agreement to initiate activities to
comply with the Federal Clean Stream Act in relation to
our sanitary sewer system.
This is a monumental task. Castle Shannon has almost 40
miles of sanitary sewer pipe within our
1.5 square mile borough. To ensure
compliance we must clean, televise
and evaluate the entire 40 miles worth.
We are taking a proactive approach to
this work and by the end of this year we
will have completed nearly three sixmile
sections. However, we will still
have to correct any major deficiencies
in our system.
In November/December, Borough
Council will receive an evaluation
report from our engineers on the
status and severity of our sanitary sewer system as
revealed by our televising program.
As with many mature communities in Allegheny
County, the majority of our sanitary sewer system was
installed over 60 years ago, and, with the pipes in the
ground it was mostly taken for granted. We are
preparing, as are all of the communities in the consent
order area, to see how good or bad we have fared over
the past six decades and our televising program will
provide a good initial estimate.
Because this project is of such significance to our
community, updates will appear frequently.
Castle Shannon completed many varied municipal
infrastructure related projects in 2004 and we envision
another robust year in 2005.
Borough Council, the Mayor and all Borough Staff wish
all members of the Castle Shannon community peace
and joy for the remainder of 2004 and throughout 2005.