Ma­hanoy City opens bids for de­mo­li­tions

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - by John e. uSaLiS STAFF WRITER

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.

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