South Strabane supervisors choose aluminum for new building

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South Strabane Township supervisors voted Tuesday to shell out an extra $4,000 for an aluminum roof on the new police department building instead of using traditional steel.


“The architect recommended the aluminum roof,” said township manager John Stickle. “There is less chance of rusting.”


Stickle said the supervisors were more comfortable with the aluminum option for the new police building that is estimated to cost about $2.4 million. One of the reasons the township originally decided to move the police offices was frequent roof leakage.


Construction on the new building has recently begun. Stickle said work started on the extension to Smith Drive last week.


The board also voted to enter into an agreement with Construction Engineering Consultants for soils testing at the site of the new police building. Stickle said he did not anticipate any problems, but the group would provide soils testing and analysis for any unexpected problems in the construction process.


Supervisors tabled a motion on replacing the sign for Billy Bell Park. Parks and recreation board members have recommended getting a new sign at the park, which they described as deteriorating.


“The board members want to get out and have a look at it in person,” Stickle said.


Stickle said the board wanted to find out if the new sign could wait until the budget for 2013 finalized. Purchasing the sign out of this year’s budget would be an unexpected expenditure.


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