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Residents upset about curb project in Shillington

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 02 2013 09:34:54 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 02 2013 10:20:48 PM CDT

Shoddy work. That is what homeowners in Shillington are calling it as they look at the steel plates, expansion joints and steep ramps constructed throughout their neighborhood.

SHILLINGTON, Pa. -

Shoddy work. That is what homeowners in Shillington are calling it as they look at the steel plates, expansion joints and steep ramps constructed throughout their neighborhood.

"Shoddy work. Stop making people spend money needlessly until everything is done right," said Chestnut Street resident Thomas Manley.

Homeowners in Shillington say they are fed up with Reamstown Excavating, a sub contractor hired by the borough to complete curbs in their neighborhood. They say while the company was converting curbs into handicapped ramps, it damaged newly replaced curbs and did not install the concrete properly. One of the homeowners main complaints throughout this whole process has been that the handicapped ramps are just too steep.

"They do not meet code. There is no way. They are so steep, you cannot walk up them or down them, let alone if you have got someone who is disabled," said Chestnut Street resident Katie Mohn.

Residents say they have been reaching out to Shillington council members to tell them about these problems for the last four months. And council members say they are listening.

"We appreciate what you brought to our attention, we concur with the fact that what was described to us was not good work. And as a result, it is being fixed," said Shillington Council Member Clifford Galvin.

But residents say despite council's promises, the work has not been fixed. And they want it done before winter sets in.

"I would hope that they actually stick to their word. They promised something and they have not followed through. The work that is being done is terrible and I think if it was done on one of their streets in front of their home, that it would be fixed right away because it looks awful and I do not feel it is safe," said Chestnut Street resident Alyssa Oxenreider.

Reamstown Excavating tells 69 News that they have laid the concrete properly and that the handicap ramps meet all of PennDOT's standards. We tried reaching out to the borough engineer who inspects the work to find out if it does meet PennDOT's standards, but we have yet to hear back.

Meantime, council members Clifford Galvin and Ronald Dunkelberger agree with residents and say they have not had good results in the past with the company. Galvin says he hopes in the future the borough can improve communication with contractors and residents.