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    Oct 10 Cooperative Extension awarded Tobacco Trust Fund Grant – Neuse News - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The available inspected kitchen will allow for the growth and development of potential new food processing businesses, and will also serve as a catering kitchen for event rentals of the Lenoir County Farmers Market. Local chef's and restaurant owners, Lenoir Community College Culinary Program, and UNC Healthcare Lenoir Nutritional Programming Staff have all expressed interest in using the kitchen.

    The kitchen will provide an easy access facility for healthy eating educational activities, cooking demonstrations, and workshops using locally available products, and to teach preparation of simple, healthy meals. the Community/Commercial is located downtown, and within walking distance of the Department of Social Services, the Lenoir County Health Department, Kinston Community Health, and two youth and adult serving community centers.

    It will serve as a community facility for preparing food service for special events at the LCFM. Rentals of the Commercial/Community inspected kitchen will also provide a revenue stream. Several times we have rented our facility to private citizens, and community organizations for special events, bands and dining, fund raising, and even wedding receptions. Currently food for these events must all be brought in, since there are no kitchen facilities available for a caterer or for food preparation.

    Another benefit of the Commercial/Community Kitchen project will be to serve as a resource kitchen during hurricanes or other natural disasters, to prepare and provide food for first responders, volunteers and the general community. The Annex is located across from the parking area where Emergency and Military personnel meet for transport to duties during disaster. In the past volunteer groups, including churches and community organizations have set up food distribution areas in the same vicinity, utilizing the inspected kitchen would add an extra measure of food safety to the distribution.

    The Lenoir County Farmers Market would like to thank the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission as well as all of the local support from Chefs, LCC Culinary Program, Cherry Energy, UNC Lenoir Health Care, Chef and the Farmer, ALSCO, Noon Rotary of Kinston, many private citizens, and numerous others.

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    Highland Street Pavement Rehabilitation Underway In Wethersfield – - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    October 6, 2020

    The Town of Wethersfield has retained B&W Paving and Landscaping, LLC of Waterford, CT to complete milling and paving along Highland Street from the Rocky Hill town line to Thornbush Road. The project also includes installation of new concrete sidewalks, crosswalks and associated signage, replacement of bituminous concrete curb, driveway aprons and sidewalk ramps where required, and the addition of new white shoulder lines throughout the project area. Additionally, the Town has retained Milone and MacBroom, Inc. of Cheshire, CT to provide full-time construction inspection, engineering oversight and materials testing services for this project.

    All construction work and consulting services will be funded by the state Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP) at no cost to the Town. Construction has commenced and is expected to continue into November. We recommend the public avoid these roads during construction; otherwise, please drive slowly and use caution when traveling through this area.

    Please direct project schedule and construction-related questions, concerns and complaints to the Town's engineering consultant, Richard Rudaitis, Construction Inspector, at (203) 518-0390 or Alternatively, questions may be directed to the Town Engineering Division at (860) 721-2850 or

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    Dont block the driveway – The Garden City Telegram - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Meghan Flynn


    City looks to add ways to prevent blockage of fire station exists by motorists

    The installation of signs and pavement markings on Mary Street by the Labrador Fire Station was approved by the Garden City Commission at its regular meeting Tuesday.

    The signs and markings are meant to prevent blocking of the fire stations entry/exit onto Mary Street.

    Garden City Public Utilities director Mike Muirhead said blockage of the driveway happens when eastbound and westbound traffic backs up because of the traffic signal at the intersection of Mary Street and Fleming Street taking longer than average.

    Garden City Fire Department chief Bill Beatty said the entry/exit cant be blocked because they cant always use the back entrance.

    "We have a spare apparatus there, our main pump apparatus, we also have a brush truck and our water tankers kept there," he said. "The brush truck and the water tanker run out of the back side and their only way out is on the side street there and the other truck runs out the front. It's size making the turn. If we were to flip-flop them we'd still have somebody running out the front."

    Garden City Police Chief Mike Utz said there will be a large information campaign to educate the public about the markings and signs and what they mean as its a change to the traffic ordinance and could result in a ticket.

    "The process would be ... an education program and then any traffic stops would be warnings for a couple months to try to get the message across, and then enforcement," he said.

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    Construction set to begin on Harford Road, Joppa Road intersection improvements – - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    CARNEY, MDConstruction work for water line and highway improvements at the Harford Road/Joppa Road intersection in Carney are set to begin in fall 2020, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration.

    Officials say the project will be completed in four phases and will require a series of lane and shoulder closures. No detours are proposed.

    Phase 1: Baltimore County waterline replacement work.

    Phase 2: Construction of storm drains, curb and gutter, sidewalks, ADA-compliant ramps, driveways and full depth pavement reconstruction.

    Phase 3: Construction of the concrete median and storm drain.

    Phase 4: Milling of existing roadway pavement, construction of final pavement course and installation of permanent pavement markings.

    Due to the high volume of traffic at the intersection, the permitted working hours for constructionare limited to off-peak travel times and include both daytime and nighttime operations to include:

    Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and overnight between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning

    Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    Saturdays and Sundays as needed between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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    During all phases, sidewalks will be maintained in such a manner that one side of the roadway shall always remain open to pedestrian traffic while the other side is under construction.

    Motorists should plan ahead for extra travel time within the intersection project area and look ahead for temporary lane closures and temporary sidewalk and bus stop changes.

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    Sidewalk And Bike Lane Construction Along HWY 49 In Angels Camp To Begin – - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Road Work Sign

    Angels Camp, CA The Angels Camp Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements Project along Main Street/Highway 49 gets underway next week.

    The project fills in gaps in the sidewalk and bicycle lanes along the roadway. It adds 2,600 lineal feet of new sidewalks. The work includes the widening of the pavement, bike lanes, curb and gutter, driveways, and minor drainage improvements.

    The City has hired George Reed, Inc, for the job. Crews have already started preparing the site for construction by putting in place electronic message boards, preconstruction surveys, utility markouts, fixing potholes, erosion control measures, and traffic control.

    The project includes two sections. The southern is on the northbound side of Highway 49, between Bragg Street and Stanislaus Avenue. The northern section is on the southbound side of the highway, between Highway 4 and Stockton Road. Work on it will get underway on Monday, Oct. 12th. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

    The shoulder of the roadway will be closed, but traffic will not be halted. There will be a speed limit of 25 mph with signs posted and radar in place inside the cone zones, according to construction officials. The project is expected to last about 35 days, weather permitting.

    Crews will complete the northern segment first, along with the earthwork for the northern portion of the southern segment, according to construction officials. They add that the work will be suspended during winter and the southern segment construction will begin in the spring of next year and completed before summer.

    The $2,850,000 project cost is being paid from federal and state funding through a Caltrans grant, with additional funding from the Calaveras Council of Governments (CCOG). Questions regarding the construction can be directed to Resident Engineer, Dion Carr at, or 916.276.4721.

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    ‘We are going to pay:’ Edmonton councillor sounds the alarm on increased salt usage to clear winter streets – Edmonton Journal - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The high amounts of sand and salt used to keep the roads clear last winter followed city councils split 7-6 decision to no longer use a calcium chloride anti-icing brine after three years. But 101,414 litres of the brine was still used on city sidewalks and protected bike lanes as well as to pre-wet sand and salt mixes. This compares to more than 617,000 litres the year before and more than four million litres applied during the 2017-18 winter.

    City spokesman Zak Fairbrother said there are currently no plans to recommend any adjustments to the products used and the city plans to move forward this year without the anti-icing brine on roads.

    At this time, we remain focused on the tools that we currently have in our winter maintenance toolbox, including sand and salt, and how they can contribute to enhancing snow and ice control in Edmonton, he said in an email to Postmedia.

    The calcium chloride anti-icing brine with a corrosion inhibitor was contentious amongst residents, with many arguing it caused significant damage to their vehicles and driveways.

    But city studies on last winters program found no considerable change in the impact to concrete, asphalt or metal with significantly less calcium chloride being used. In fact, concrete was found to be more prone to freeze-thaw damage from salt than the calcium chloride brine. Steel and aluminum also corroded more in the 2019-20 winter study, but the city said the difference cant be directly linked to the reduction in calcium chloride brine.

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    Chris Palmer on how to extend summer living by weatherproofing your outdoor space – Post City - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Chris Palmer is a guest expert on the Global Morning Show and is the owner of Handcrafted by Chris Palmer.

    Nothing beats Toronto in the summertime, especially if you have a backyard to kick back in and soak up the sun. But before you know it, summer turns to fall, and with fall comes the wind, rain and eventually the snow.

    For homeowners who have invested a lot of time and money in their gardens and outdoor spaces, it is disheartening to watch the weather destroy them. With weather that changes rapidly in winter and summer, proper weatherproofing can make a huge difference in the lifespan of your projects.

    I have some tips to help your outdoor oasis last longer this season and for years to come.

    From deck to dock, pressure treated lumber gets the most wear and tear. Wood is a natural product and needs to be properly protected from the elements.

    Many people make the mistake of buying a stained top coat to protect the wood, but this stain sits on top of the wood and inevitably flakes off. You need to use an oil- based wood sealer that really sinks into the wood and keeps it looking fresh. I like to build with MicroPro Sienna lumber because its the most environmentally friendly treated wood option and has a beautiful brown colour. I use a tung oilbased product a few dry days after Im finished construction to protect the wood and seal in the colour, and Ill reapply the oil every three to five years (depending on the directions on the label) to keep the wood looking great.

    Concrete is one of the most expensive materials to replace, and once the waterproof seal goes away, it wears out quite quickly.

    If you use salt to de-ice your driveway or wash your vehicle in the driveway, the seal on the concrete will wear out faster. Your concrete will tell you when it needs some love, usually every two to five years. Also, dont make the mistake of using a multi-surface waterproofer. Focus on getting a really good concrete sealer. You can find it in your local hardware store.

    If you want to leave your barbecue cover and canvas furniture outside year-round, find a fabric seal spray with a UV coating.

    This coating will improve the colour and durability of your fabric. Umbrellas should be naturally waterproof, so check before you spray them. If you have water beading off the fabric, its already waterproof. If the water starts going through fabric, you need to treat it.

    Another outdoor element to pay attention to is natural stone. Many homeowners have chosen to make the most of their outdoor space with an outdoor kitchen, and that can often include a marble countertop. Flagstone paving has also become a popular design feature for those classing up their yards. Both of these features use natural stone, and stone needs to be sealed, so make sure to hit it with a specialized treatment.

    Finally, dont forget your windows. Those wonderful glass panes that let all that sunlight into your home can also be the gateway for water seepage. Check the caulking around the glass every year, especially on your basement windows.

    Once youve given your yard a bit of TLC, its time to enjoy every last minute before the snow forces you indoors.

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    Brick Pavers Market Structure, Industry Inspection, and Forecast 2025 – News by aeresearch - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    Multiple salt and sand domes to be replaced in Leeds and Grenville – - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Leeds Grenville sign. (Courtney Crowder)

    The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville will be getting some salt and sand domes replaced.

    The United Counties say five will be replaced over the next two years. Wright Developments Inc. has been awarded the tender for $2.8-million. Leeds Grenville says their bid was the lowest of four.

    Work will include the supply and installation of coverall storage buildings, poured reinforced concrete foundations, electrical work, paving, catch basins, regrading and paving aprons and driveways, according to Leeds Grenville.

    The replacements will take place in South Grenville on County Road 21 near Spencerville, North Grenville on County Road 44, South Leeds on Outlet Road near Lansdowne, North Leeds on County Road 29 near Frankville and the Greenbush Garage on County Road 7.

    Melanie Knowles, Manager of Engineering and Operations, says the earth work for the dome at Greenbush Garage is lined up to start this week. The North Leeds dome replacement will begin this month as well and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2021. The South Leeds, North Grenville and South Grenville domes have been given pre-approval based on the 2021 budget by the United Counties Council.

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    Concerns expressed about proposed Starbucks on Harlem, while proposed liquor store in Edgebrook met with overall praise – Nadig Newspapers - October 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder


    A proposal for a Starbucks Coffee near Harlem and Bryn Mawr avenues, just to the north of the Kennedy Expressway, received mixed reviews from members of the 41st Ward Zoning Advisory Committee at its Oct. 7 virtual meeting, while a proposed high-end liquor store in Edgebrook was met with praise by several members.

    Capri Development is proposing to rezone a 28,425-square-foot vacant parcel at 5600 N. Harlem Ave. from RS-2, which is intended primarily for single-family homes, to B3-1 for a Starbucks with a drive-through facility. Tentative hours would be from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to project officials.

    Access to the site would be from both Bryn Mawr and Harlem, with right-turn-only ingress and egress from Harlem, and there would be no access to the site from West Olive Avenue, which runs along the north end of the parcel, according to a site plan for the proposal.

    Twenty-two parking spaces are planned, and there would room for 13 cars to wait in the drive-through lane. In addition, permeable pavers for the parking lot are planned, and there would be an outdoor patio and a walk-up window.

    We anticipate getting most of our cars off Harlem minor traffic on Bryn Mawr, project attorney Paul Kolpak said. We think its an appropriate use since its on Harlem Avenue. Bryn Mawr runs westbound only.

    Committee member Tony Chiavola expressed traffic concerns about the proposal, adding that a nearby Starbucks at Harlem and Northwest Highway creates traffic congestion at that intersection.

    What the heck do we need anther coffee shop in the neighborhood, member John Kwasinski said. I dont see any reason it needs to be rezoned for commercial use.

    Kwasinski said that commercial use on Harlem is more appropriate south of the Kennedy, while residential use should remain north of the expressway. He added that the DeMichele family which has owned the land and several nearby parcels for decades went to court about 20 years ago to get a zoning change and lost.

    About 15 years ago a proposal for a Fifth Third Bank with a drive-through for the parcel was met with strong community opposition, and the project never materialized.

    Kolpak questioned whether the site would be appropriate for quality single homes given its proximity to a busy thoroughfare.

    Member Frank Icuss said that Starbucks proposal should fail or pass on its own merits and that the lawsuit is in the history books. Icuss expressed concern that early morning noise from the speaker for the drive-through could be disruptive to nearby residents.

    Member David DiSanti said that he has no serious objections as long as traffic concerns are addressed, and member Marc Pelini said that the parcel may not be conducive to residential use given its location next to an expressway and a busy street. I dont see someone wanting to live on that corner, Pelini said, adding that residential already would have been built there if it were desirable.

    The proposal generated at least 87 questions and comments from residents and others listening to the virtual meeting. Some recommended affordable housing for the site, and others expressed traffic and noise concerns, with some suggesting a park there.

    Alderman Anthony Napolitanos chief of staff Chris Vittorio said that some developers have expressed interest in mixed-use development for the area, with commercial on the ground floor and residential units on the upper floors, but there has been no known interest from developers for single-family homes on the site.

    In a separate proposal, a nearby vacant lot at 5611-37 N. Harlem Ave. would be rezoned from RS-1 to C1-1 to allow for an Eco Brite car wash, with driveway entrances on Harlem and Bryn Mawr. It would feature a 180-foot-long car wash tunnel, and hours would be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., with about 300 customers a day, according to project officials.

    Pelini said that he is worried about precedent-setting nature of the car wash proposal, asking project officials if the project could be a death sentence for the existing residential properties to the north along the east side of Harlem.

    A project official said that it would be difficult to predict how the properties to the north would move in the future.

    The car wash development site is located in a Norwood Park Special Conservation District, which imposes additional zoning regulations to help preserve the areas single-family home atmosphere. The parcel also is located in the Norwood Park Historical District. Neither district runs along the west site of Harlem, where the Starbucks is proposed.

    Napolitano said earlier in the week that the conservation and historical designations would not necessarily prevent a car wash from opening there as long as the site is rezoned to C1-1. He added that his role as alderman is to bring development proposals to the community but that ultimately input from the impacted neighborhood helps determine which ones get approved.

    The alderman said last year that a group of residents met to discuss the parcels and concluded that low-rise retail or medical developments on those properties may be preferred over a possible dense residential development. He said that the residents met in response to the posting of for sale signs on the properties.

    In the past Napolitano has expressed concern about aldermen losing their control over local zoning matters. Mayor LoriLight has been critical of aldermanic privilege and implemented measures in which the signature of the alderman in the affected ward is no longer required on some city documents.

    Also on the agenda was a proposal for a Bottles and Cans liquor store at 6401 N. Central Ave. in Edgebrook. It would be owned by Sauganash residents Joe and Carly Katz, who also operate Bottles and Cans at 4109 N. Lincoln Ave. We have the shared vested interest (in the community) you all have,Carly Katz said. We are here for the long haul. We are ready for a 20-year lease.

    We try to focus on the higher end of things, Joe Katz said, adding that the stores selection of beers, wines and spirits is carefully selected by Carly. He added that they envision their proposed Edgebrook store as helping to cultivate new businesses coming in the area.

    We think we can be an anchor business for what needs to happen in that business district, Carly Katz said. We have been looking for a storefront for over 2 years. We are brand specific.

    Joe Katz said that the location is idea because it is on a corner and has a parking lot. The hours would be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

    The store would be located in a vacant storefront in the Edgebrook Plaza, and the project requires the site to be rezoned from B1-1 to C1-1. There are no plans to sell tobacco products and lottery tickets, Joe Katz said.

    Member Jim Hankin expressed concern that the C1-1 zoning would allow for intensive commercial uses and recommended that the site instead be rezoned to B3-1, with a special use permit for a liquor store. He added that the C1 zoning could set a precedent, with adjacent and nearby owners seeking the same zoning.

    Joe Katz said that the special use process would further delay the project several months and be costly given that they would be paying rent. The City Council approves zoning changes, while the Zoning Board of Appeals, which is independent of the council, approves special uses. The zoning change would have to be in place before the zoning board would hear the special use request.

    B3 zoning is intended for community shopping districts while C1 is intended for neighborhood commercial districts, allowing for several uses that are not permitted by right in B3. They include body art services, auto-related businesses, storage yards and a kennel.

    Some members responded that there are several ways to address any C1 concerns, including the creation of a restrictive covenant which would limit the type of businesses on the site.

    It overall seems like a good idea, Kwasinski said of the proposed store.

    Chiavola said that he feels the store would drive other businesses to the area.

    Member Liz DeChant thanked the Katz for wanting to expanding their business during the challenging times of a pandemic.

    I think youd be a great fit to the community, Napolitano said. Everyday Edgebrook and the Edgebrook-Sauganash Chamber of Commerce have issued letters in support of the project.

    Vittorio said that an online survey for each proposal will be conducted in order to gather more feedback from the community.

    Decisions by the advisory committee serve as a recommendation to Napolitano.

    Editors note: At the time of this articles posting, discussions on the proposed car wash were not over. The meeting was expected to last at least three hours.

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