Coun­cil con­sid­ers side­walk re­pairs

North Penn Life - - Opinion - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

North Wales Bor­ough Coun­cil dis­cussed re­pair­ing the side­walks on the block sur­round­ing bor­ough hall, lo­cated at 300 School St., at its lat­est meet­ing Tues­day night.

“There are a num­ber of is­sues,” Bor­ough Man­ager Nate Dysard said dur­ing the Sept. 25 pub­lic meet­ing. “I wanted to bring it to coun­cil’s at­ten­tion.”

The side­walks on the streets sur­round­ing the mu­nic­i­pal build­ing — which in­clude North 3rd, North 4th, Beaver and School streets — are se­ri­ously de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, ac­cord­ing to Dysard.

He told coun­cil that they should be ad­dressed some­time this year or at a date in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to the man­ager, the con­trac­tor who paved some nearby streets es­ti­mated the re­pairs would cost ap­prox­i­mately $15,000.

“That’s a sub­stan­tial cost,” he said dur­ing the meet­ing.

The re­pairs would not in­clude any work to im­prove curb cutouts, ac­cord­ing to Dysard.

He also sug­gested the work could be funded with money from the bor­ough’s cap­i­tal im­prove­ment or liq­uid fu­els funds.

Coun­cil then di­rected Dysard to get three quotes for the re­pairs.

Coun­cil­woman Greta Martin Wash­ing­ton sug­gested the work be com­pleted be­fore Nov. 6 or that it wait un­til af­ter the gen­eral elec­tion.

Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Mike McDon­ald ex­pressed a de­sire to com­plete the work in 2012.

“If we have the money, we should do it this year, rather than wait un­til next year,” he said. “I also don’t want this to run into the elec­tion.”

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