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Greene provides updates on SR 255 project

May 19, 2011

Pictured is a view across SR 255 as seen from the exit of St. Marys Area Middle School. Photo by Becky Polaski.

City Manager Dave Greene indicated to members of city council earlier this week that he recently met with Dean Ball, project manager for PennDOT, regarding the reconstruction project planned for SR 255.
When asked if PennDOT plans to start work this year, Greene responded that by the end of May they would probably begin talking to property owners about acquiring the properties they need in order to make the improvements to South St. Marys Street.
"The reason Dean came in to see me is that originally PennDOT and the federal government had indicated to the city that they would pay 50 percent of the cost of replacing the sanitary sewer line on South St. Marys Street. Since our first or second or third meeting, they've come back now with a letter of correspondence indicating to us that they will no longer do that," Greene said.
The city had been anticipating receiving reimbursement for 50 percent of the costs for the project, but now would have to come up with all of the money if they choose to continue to move forward with moving the sanitary sewer line.
"A concern that we have is the sanitary sewer line runs down the center line of the street, South St. Marys Street. With the added construction that's going to be taking place there in 2012-13, we're concerned about them crushing our pipe that's under the ground. That's why we wanted to move it out of that area while we were doing the construction," Greene said.
If the sewer line is not moved, Greene remarked that PennDOT indicated they would be cognizant of its location while they worked on the roadway.
"They said they'll take extra caution and be careful in compacting the soil around our sanitary sewer line to try not to crush it or collapse it. If that would happen, then they would have to dig up the new road to replace it," Greene said.
Greene noted that the city is still currently working with PennDOT to try to figure out a solution to the funding issue.

Comments

50% match

July 5, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 3 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 164

Whatever U say B.R. U know everything....... LOL!!!!!

Write in candidates

June 23, 2011 by Chuck (not verified), 3 years 12 weeks ago
Comment: 150

Charger77 challenged Cosa (or someone(?)) to a write-in campaign for a city council seat. My opinion- Cosa could win a conventional election hands-down. Write-ins are for people who can't get elected the "conventional" way. They wait until they see no one else is running for a particular seat in government and then sneak in through the back door. Those big-ego people will do anything to get elected!

Council

June 20, 2011 by changer77 (not verified), 3 years 12 weeks ago
Comment: 143

Didnt say it did matter Cosa, I would guess then your initials are J. Y. LOLLL

Council

June 21, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 3 years 12 weeks ago
Comment: 147

How did U guess 77? Or should I say B.R. LOL!

Council

June 22, 2011 by changer77 (not verified), 3 years 12 weeks ago
Comment: 148

J. Y. you are completely incorrect, and since you know all, I expect to see you in the race as a write-in candidate. It appears that you can do a better job. (At least in your eyes) Oh yea what did you do when you were Commish or Township??? Hmmm dont remember.

Look at my answer to your question, you asked how bout you, or are you already a member?
I said yes to how bout you and no to are you a member so how could I be B. R.? Dah!!!

Cuz U

June 23, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 3 years 12 weeks ago
Comment: 151

talk with fork in tongue.... LOL....

Cuz U

June 25, 2011 by changer77 (not verified), 3 years 12 weeks ago
Comment: 154

Your absolutely wrong J. Y. but think as you may. After all you are always right. READ MY LIPS J. Y. I AM NOT B. R.!

B.R.

June 27, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 3 years 11 weeks ago
Comment: 155

Who is that?

Council

June 19, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 3 years 12 weeks ago
Comment: 141

Why does it have to be St. Marys City Council.... Was there not a Benzinger Township at one time?

changer

June 17, 2011 by changer77 (not verified), 3 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 138

DID and NO......................just saying. You were on St. Marys CITY Council? When?

Changer 77--

June 16, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 3 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 134

Already been there and done that.

How about you, or are you already a member?

Cosa for Council

June 16, 2011 by Chuck (not verified), 3 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 133

I agree with you changer77, city council can use all the help it can get. It sure hasn't gotten any better since you came on the scene, nor will the Democratic party!

Cosa for Council

June 17, 2011 by changer77 (not verified), 3 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 139

Have no idea what you are insinuating "Chuck". On scene, Dem Party?
Dont know who you think I am? But I am not! Mr. Cosa seems like he knows everything just saying if he does throw his hat in the ring. Instead of sitting back and Monday quarterbacking. These people on council get ripped no matter what they do. And I am sure they know they cant please everyone. I commend them for at least caring and getting involved. More than I can say for most people in the city. Most just want to sit back and complain.

Call PA DOT Yourself Changer77

June 28, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 3 years 11 weeks ago
Comment: 156

Ask them about the MONEY Match..... It was real simple to do.... Instead of shooting your mouth off, do something worthwhile and check the facts for once..

Call PA DOT

June 28, 2011 by changer77 (not verified), 3 years 11 weeks ago
Comment: 157

Why should I cosa? Told you I am not on council, why dont you you know it all. You dont see me shooting my mouth either just you. You should put your name where your mouth is run cosa run. LOLLL

PA DOT:

June 28, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 3 years 11 weeks ago
Comment: 158

I already did. That is how I knew.... Boy are U looking foolish.....

Cosa

June 30, 2011 by changer77 (not verified), 3 years 11 weeks ago
Comment: 159

I already knew about the city going to have to come up with 50% of the cost for the replacing of the sewers. I am referring to your comments about council. "Funny council did not see this coming.... Reminds me of the dog in the window that shakes his head YES all the time..." " PA DOT fooled YOU again" If you are so great run for council yourself if you don't like the job their doing. Seems only place you can run is here. And why because no one knows who you are. At least those council members have the guts to run and TRY to assist in helping the city. You it seems just want to sit back and Monday night quarterback. And PLEASE dont tell me to run and serve, been there done it. But I am not the one complaining you are. So get off your duff and if you think you can do better run cosa run! I will never Monday night quarterback those who were elected by the public to serve! The people chose those people and they try to do whats best. I commend them highly. Quit bashing those who serve!!

50% match

July 2, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 3 years 11 weeks ago
Comment: 161

U knew that Charger 77? Wow, U were the only one..... I guess U know EVERYTHING......

COSA

July 1, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 3 years 11 weeks ago
Comment: 160

Whatever You say...... B.R.

PS: Council knew nothing of the match or they chose not to tell "we the people". U stick with them though, I like it that we are on opposite sides.....

COSA

July 4, 2011 by changer77 (not verified), 3 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 163

Again J. Y. I am NOT B. R. however.....

Had you been paying attention to the news(instead of spouting here) when the project was first announced. The City announced there would be a 50% match by the state to replace the sewers. However as we both saw the state has backed out of the deal. How can you blame these council members for that? Again Cosa if you are so great put your name on the ballot, or should I say J. Y. Stop knocking people who have put their names on a ballot and don't hide behind fake names on here.

cosa

June 15, 2011 by changer77 (not verified), 3 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 132

Cosa, hope to see your name on the next council candidates for election, seems you know everything.

PA DOT PROJECT

May 21, 2011 by cosa69 (not verified), 3 years 17 weeks ago
Comment: 123

Now this is going to cost the TAXPAYERS $$$$....... The City has to come up with 50%??????? Funny council did not see this coming.... Reminds me of the dog in the window that shakes his head YES all the time...
PS: Did anyone know that the Federal Govt is paying 90% of this project? They are. Check it out. That means PA DOT pays only 10% and now the City has to pay $$$$...... PA DOT fooled YOU again....

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