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July 25, 2013

Increase in streets spending needed, council told

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GILBERTON, Pa. —

“That doesn’t seem like much but over time, you begin to lose ground,” Smith said. “Maintaining the status quo only defers the inevitable of having to completely rebuild the streets.”

If the city was able to spend more than $1.4 million, the poor and very poor streets could be worked on, Smith said. Securing long-term funding for the streets is imperative, Smith said. City Manager Jerry Blaisdell said the city was spending around $1 million on streets before cutbacks about five years ago.

Resident Bobbie Narramore said city streets are like a “face of the community” and need to be maintained. Council members praised the work of Public Works Director Manny Palacios and his workers for the job they have done in tough economic times.

Palacios later in the meeting gave an update on street rehabilitation projects over the past year. Council members will have their first look at the Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget at the council’s next meeting Aug. 6.

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