By MICHAEL DIVITTORIO Daily News Staff Writer
Township supervisors continue to mull over what do to about a
Many residents in attendance at Thursday night’s meeting wanted to
know what is going to be done about Ripple Road Bridge near the
intersection of Ripple and Pangburn Hollow roads. Pangburn Hollow is
owned by Allegheny County, and Ripple is a
“We just told you we don’t know what we’re going to do yet,”
Supervisor Tom Headley told residents who continued to question whether
there would be repairs, replacement or just a closing of the bridge.
The bridge has been a concern of resident Howard Fleming, who lives
along Pangburn Hollow Road, a few houses away from the bridge.
Fleming said he contacted the offices of state Rep. David Levdansky,
Township , state Sen. J. Barry Stout, D-Somerset
Township , as well as the state
Department of Environmental Protection to find out whether the
township has proper permits for work,
and what is being done with the bridge.
“I’m calling anybody I can get an answer from,” he said.
The bridge is falling apart and has stones that are wearing away,
according to Fleming, who had photos to prove his point to supervisors
In 2003, a study was conducted to determine the weight the bridge
could withstand, and a 3-ton limit was established.
Supervisors adopted a resolution Thursday establishing a 10-ton weight
limit for Ripple Road itself.
Supervisor Dave Magiske said progress in determining what can be done
with the bridge is being delayed because others are seeking help from
outside sources and not bringing concerns to
“The problem we’re having is every time the
township does something,” Magiske said, “we’re answering from
this representative, that senator and so forth, and I know we have said
no decision has been made at this point. We’ll have postponed doing
because we’ll have the attorney looking at it and that takes time ... we
intend to remedy the problem. We intend to remedy it in a safe fashion.
It just slows things down when people are suggesting that we don’t have
certain permits or accusing us of not having certain permits, and we
have to go answer those accusations.” Other residents said the issue
about the bridge and with supervisors is not about permits, but about
One woman said she has lived in the township
for the past 53 years, and supervisors have “not lifted a finger” to fix
The township did fix a bridge at the
other side of Ripple Road near the intersection of the road and Raccoon
Magiske and Headley said it would be very costly to buy a new bridge,
and they are looking at cost effective alternatives to make sure the
bridge is safe and the township does
not have to double taxes in order to pay for it.
Magiske said the township did acquire
a $10,000 grant for work on the bridge.
Neither supervisor said when a decision would be made on what
township action will be taken.
All motions made Thursday evening passed unanimously by a 2-0 vote.
Supervisor Tom DeRosa was absent.
Magiske was named the township
delegate and Headley as alternate to the area committee to oversee
earned income tax collection as required under state Act 32.
Supervisors authorized Twin Rivers Council of Governments to apply for
a Community Development Economic Block Grant through Allegheny County’s
Community Infrastructure and Tourism Board for the demolition of the old
municipal building at 500 Liggett Ave.
Township Secretary Pam Balogh said
that building has not been used in an official capacity since 2006, and
supervisors moved meetings and other business to the current municipal
building at 100 Golden Circle in 2005.
Supervisors are seeking more than $137,000 in grants for the
Supervisors reminded residents that the Allegheny County Health
Department is offering free smoke alarms. The smoke alarms come with
free installation and a fire safety presentation. To schedule an
installation, call 412-2477800.
Magiske reminded residents they can keep track of events and
activities in the township by visiting
the township Web site online at