NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Through the generosity of five area paving companies, the half-mile-long highway leading to the Trumpet in the Land amphitheater has new reflective striping to make it safer for visitors.
The access road was striped May 16 by Levco Co. of Strasburg.
The five companies donated money and labor to do the project, which was estimated to cost $2,900, said Commissioner Joe Sciarretti.
The striping was last done about 20 years ago, but it had completely faded.
"It's the first thing you see," the commissioner said. "That curb appeal just wasn't there. So we thought it would be nice to see if area businesses would give of their time, talent and treasure, and Levco led the way."
Recently, Sciarretti took his children to work at Trumpet in the Land as part of a United Way volunteer day. When he got there, he noticed the faded striping and decided to do something about it.
So he contacted Levco.
"They were from the outset very receptive to wanting to give back to the community," he said. "They talked me through a list of the contractors we have dealt with in the past."
Sciarretti reached out to several contractors, and most were receptive to helping out. He noted that none of them asked how they could write it off on their taxes. "They just wanted to help."
He said he thought Levco would do the work in June, but company officials contacted him on Tuesday and said they had a two-hour window in which they could do it.
"It was a great effort, a lot of hands involved, and we were happy to help facilitate it," Sciarretti said.
At Wednesday's meeting, commissioners:
Approved a bid of $124,988.05 from Triad Roofing & Services LLC to replace the roof on the county health department building in Dover. The architect's estimate for the project was $140,000.
Hired Melissa Marino as part-time pound keeper/assistant dog warden at the county dog pound. There were three applicants for the job. She will earn $9.50 per hour and will work no more than 28 hours per week.
Approved a five-year agreement to lease to own a camera van and camera system for the county water and sewer district. The vehicle will cost $119,500.