May 9, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 19

Borough Manager reports on current borough projects

Petersburg Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht reported on several projects that are taking place in Petersburg now and in the near future.

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Excel Street concrete was poured on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.

“The bathroom at Sandy Beach will be reopened within the next two weeks after being closed for several years, “Giesbrecht stated. “This project was due to a grant that was received last year and a lot of work has gone into getting those facilities back in working order.”

Giesbrecht explained that the property assessor will be in town the week of May 13 to work on any property appeals.

“There were 42 appeals received from borough residents,” Giesbrecht stated. “Any appeals not settled with the assessor will be scheduled for the Board of Equalization during the May 20 Assembly meeting.”

“There have been 408 Senior Citizen Tax exempt cards issued since becoming a borough,” Giesbrecht stated. “This is a major issue with the sales tax revenue coming into the borough.”

Giesbrecht also reported that the hatchery on the Blind Slough Hydro project is now fed by an underground circuit and the old overhead spans have been removed.

“This makes the system much more reliable and cleans up the area,” he stated.

New electrical service has been completed for the new library facility and spring cleanup in the harbors will be taking place.

Five new boats have been added to the fleet and the harbor continues to struggle with the good problem of having more boats who want to be here than the space that’s available.

The Petersburg library is scheduled to close July 26 and reopen in the new facility Sept. 3.

“A grand opening celebration is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21,” Giesbrecht stated.

According to Giesbrecht, the downtown paving project is progressing but the contractor found a problem in an old sewer line that will be repaired prior to the pavement being laid.

“The plan is to have main street paved prior to Mayfest,” he stated. “Excel Street may not be paved in time for the festival.”

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