Some residents will have to change their trash-day routines after the borough's summer paving project is completed.
With upgrades scheduled for all of Ellport's 24 alleys, borough officials hope to preserve the improvement by prohibiting garbage trucks from using the roads. Borough Secretary Margo Christy said residents would receive notices on sewer bills asking that anyone who now leaves their garbage in an alley leave it for pickup on one of the streets or avenues, effective on Sept. 1.
Borough council has approved a $127,990.60 contract with Youngblood Paving of Wampum for the summer street paving work, which is scheduled for completion on Aug. 31. The start of work will depend on Youngblood's schedule -- the company is also contracted for Ellwood City's summer paving work.
Streets scheduled for paving are Hazen Avenue, Newton Avenue, Clydesdale Avenue, First Street, Fourth Street and Sixth Street. Additionally, all 24 of Ellport's alleys will be milled, graded and seal coated, the last of which involves the application of a thin layer of tar or asphalt on the finished surface.
Borough officials are concerned that heavy garbage trucks would damage the new alley improvements and therefore will prohibit trash pickup in the alleys.
Ellport was incorporated as a Borough in 1928. It is a residential community in southern Lawrence County and is bordered by Connoquenessing Creek. The 2010 Census gave Ellport a population of 1,180 residents.
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