Donora wall to be repaired
A deteriorating wall along Gilmer Cemetery will be repaired through an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Donora Mayor John Lignelli announced during Thursday’s council meeting.
Donora will receive a $750,000 state grant to fund the repairs to the retaining wall along State Route 837, Lignelli said.
Councilman Tony Menendez credited Lignelli with working to obtain the funding.
Lignelli said the project work will be divided over 2002 and 2003. He said it will make Route 837 safer for motorists.
Also Thursday, council blamed an increase in state dumping fees for a $10 across the board hike in refuse fees.
Residents will pay $130 a year for garbage collection, $110 if paid by March 1 and $160 after June 30.
Residents will now be required to make a $20 deposit on new recycling bins.
In his mayor’s report, Lignelli said an agreement is near between Norfolk Southern and the Middle Monongahela Industrial Development Authority. That agreement will allow the MIDA industrial park access road to be extended through the park. That road would cross the railroad that is located in the park.
Lignelli reminded residents that the borough’s drug hotline – (724) 379-4406 – is still operating.
With a recent major drug raid, Lignelli warned drug dealers operating in the city not to cross the bridge into Donora.
In other business, council: