Seven Fields OKs new lines, signs
Eagle Staff Writer
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January 13, 2018

SEVEN FIELDS — Projects to relocate water lines and replace and install no parking signs throughout the borough are on deck after getting council’s approval Monday night.

The borough is replacing 1,050-feet of water lines in the Hillvue Forest community that are too close to homes and buried too deep in some places, said Tom Smith, borough manager. It’s a proactive move to replace the lines before they become an issue, he said.

The water lines were put in with the original development sometime in the 1980s, Smith said, and some of the lines are under decks behind the town homes on that road.

The Hillvue Forest Homeowners Association is paying to have two decks torn down and reconstructed while the lines are moved away from the dwellings, Smith said.

The lines are also 10- to 12-feet deep in places when water lines only need to be about 4-feet underground, said John Balewski, borough engineer.

The work is being done in-house by the public works department and will cost $23,772. Smith said they’d like to complete the work sometime this winter while the ground is still frozen.

The borough is also purchasing and installing 50 no parking signs to make all streets compliant with the borough’s parking ordinance. The issue came to light after a police officer ticketed residents for parking on the street overnight, Smith said.

A resident told Police Chief Joe McCombs that their cul-de-sac did not have a no parking sign. The police chief investigated and found that to be true.

Although the borough has a no parking ordinance, a ticket would not hold up at the district judge’s court without at least one no parking sign on every street.

“We don’t want our officers to waste their time writing tickets and go to court and lose, basically,” Smith said.

The signs and posts will cost $2,671.