Mahanoy City opens bids for demolitions
MAHANOY CITY — Bids were opened for five demolition projects at the April 10 meeting of the borough council and were tabled for review until the May meeting.
Borough solicitor Eric Lieberman opened the bid packages after giving a rundown of the properties to be razed. The projects are: Project 1: 217-219 E. Centre St. Project 2: 608 W. Centre St. Project 3: 46-48 S. B St. Project 4: 216-218 W. Spruce St. Project 5: 512 W. South St. The council plans to award the lowest bidder contingent on legal review as well as a land bank review by Chris Gulotta, Schuylkill County Land Bank consultant. Borough Manager Daniel L. Lynch said Gulotta is administrator of the grant part of the land bank.
Bids were received from: Northeast Industrial Services Corp., Shamokin; Bill Davis Cement Contractors, Mahanoy City; Brdaric Excavating Inc., Luzerne; AMC Enterprise, Frackville; and Mr. Z Contracting, Shenandoah.
NISC offered a total bid of $189,400 for all five projects, and an individual project breakdown: $36,550 (1); $34,400 (2); $20,700 (3); $60,750 (4); and $37,000 (5).
Bill Davis offered the following bids: $24,950 (2); $24,950 (3); and $24,999 (5). They placed no bids on projects 1 and 4. Brdaric bid $20,900 on Project 1. AMC offered these bids: $18,500 (1); $23,494 (2); $21,449 (3); $22,475 (4); and $24,945 (5).
Mr. Z offered a total bid of $70,600 on three projects, and a breakdown: $18,800 (1); $23,000 (2); and $28,800 (5).
The council agreed to table the bids.
The borough council approved Resolution 2018-4 for budget reallocation to amend the 2018 budget. The reallocation includes $18,000 from “Foreman Salary” and $18,000 from healthcare costs. The resolution also states the following budget amounts will be allocated to these line items: $3,000 to general IT networking costs; $13,000 to police phone and mobile internet to buy a new police reporting system; $8,000 to nonsolicitor legal expenses for ongoing legal issues; and $4,000 to engineering general retainer in anticipation of further expenses during personnel transition.
One bid was received for auditing services of borough accounts for
2017, 2018 and 2019 from Barsz, Gowie, Amon & Fultz LLC, Media. The bid proposals were $13,150 for 2017, $13,500 for 2018 and $13,890 for 2019. The borough council accepted the bid conditional on review.
Borough Fire Chief Daniel J. Markiewicz said Schuylkill County is renumbering fire districts and the borough fire department will be “48” for the number of the fire apparatus. It goes into effect in June.
“There is no effect or change in coverage,” Markiewicz said. “Shenandoah is now Fire District 64 and Tamaqua will be Fire District 65. The change will take place at the communication center.”
During the public part of the meeting, resident Paul Zilker asked the council about his inquiry about abandoned garages on Maple Street that have collapsed next to his garage. The garages are on leased property owned by Reading Anthracite Co., Zilker said; the collapse is causing water to enter his garage. Lynch checked and found the lease at that property has been paid and asked Lieberman what could be the responsibilities of the landowner.
“It depends what the language is in the contract,” Lieberman said.
“I don’t know if we can go anywhere, but a legal question is is it a property anymore or just a pile of garbage?” Lynch said, referring to the building. “I’ll be glad to look into it,” Lieberman said. In the public works report, Councilman Scott Kline said there is no ash pickup on Tuesdays, which is now a trash collection day.
In the recreation committee report, Burke said Mahanoy City Community Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14, rain or shine. Stands for vendors and organizations are $10. Burke said volunteers are needed.
Lynch provided an update on the veterans banners project: “We’re still taking applications, and every time we have a group of 15, we’ll send them out (to be made). There were 89 in the first submission, which is tremendous for the first round. We’re hoping to have them up early to mid-May, but hopefully have them up for Memorial Day. ” The council acted on these items:
Appointed borough secretary Cindy Soley interim pension plan coordinator and interim right-to-know officer
Approved advertising invitation to bid for sanitation services, effective June 1
Approved Alfred Benesch & Co. as engineer for the borough’s East End Park Improvements Phase I grant through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnerships Program.
Approved two agreements for the borough’s demolition project through the land bank and Keystone Communities to buy 46 and 48 S. B Street through repository sales at $10 each
Approved Resolution 2018-5 to appoint Dr. H. Anthony Semone to provide psychology services for the police department.
The council also approved a motion from Burke for a 90-day study to have no parking on McKinley Street between Spruce and South streets.
Kline motioned to hire a part-time street worker, which was approved.