McA­doo garage roof project hits weak wall

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - by Jim dino STAFF WRITER

McA­DOO — A wall in the bor­ough garage must be fixed be­fore a new roof goes on the struc­ture or there will be too much weight on the bad wall.

Bor­ough coun­cil mem­bers dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion April 10 with Joe Madochick, bor­ough streets fore­man.

When the coun­cil drafted its 2018 bud­get, tax mill­age was added to fund the con­struc­tion of a new, A-frame roof on the garage.

In prepa­ra­tion for the new roof, Madochick and his work­ers were clean­ing up and re­pair­ing the garage’s walls when they dis­cov­ered the south wall was weak.

“We came across de­te­ri­o­rat­ing mor­tar through­out the whole block wall,” Madochick said. “The block is in great shape. It’s the mor­tar joints. There def­i­nitely is an is­sue with the wall, es­pe­cially with the new A-frame roof and the ex­tra weight that’s go­ing to be put on the build­ing.”

Three con­trac­tors looked at the wall and gave Madochick some ideas about how to fix it. The coun­cil will have to de­cide what course of ac­tion to take while look­ing at price quotes that are be­ing de­vel­oped.

Coun­cil­woman Mary Labert ques­tioned where in the bud­get the money would come from to fix the wall.

Coun­cil­woman Mar­ion DeBalko said the coun­cil doesn’t have any choice but to fix the wall.

“It’s some­thing we have to look into,” DeBalko said. “If we re­pair that wall, we have that heavy roof. We can’t let the wall go.”

Coun­cil­man Pete Min­neci added, “This is an emer­gency, be­cause some­thing is go­ing to hap­pen.”

Coun­cil­man John Shigo said a flat roof would be cheaper and has other ad­van­tages.

“Ma­te­ri­als are dif­fer­ent than they were years ago,” Shigo said. “Flat roofs are lighter, which might be a ben­e­fit to that wall. If we get an A-frame roof, we have to take that old roof off and dis­pose of it. If we put a flat roof on, con­trac­tors would have to put in their bid to re­move it and haul it away. It doesn’t hurt to get a price.”

But DeBalko, Min­neci and Coun­cil­man Ed Bie­len re­jected that idea.

“That wouldn’t be my vote,” DeBalko said. “We see what hap­pened with two flat roofs. We agreed (the A-frame) is a bet­ter roof.”

Bie­len added, “With a flat roof, heavy snows will lay up there.”

Labert pointed out that coun­cil voted for the A-frame roof.

Min­neci said he agrees with Bie­len. “With the A-frame, ev­ery­thing (snow) is go­ing to come right off. I’m not go­ing with the change. We’re set on the A-frame.”

Coun­cil Pres­i­dent John DeBalko said the coun­cil will wait to make a de­ci­sion un­til May, when prices on the var­i­ous al­ter­na­tives will be known.

code en­force­ment

The bor­ough’s two code en­force­ment of­fi­cers will be briefed on how best to use the laws on the books.

The brief­ing will come just in time for pro­posed changes to the code en­force­ment or­di­nances to give more power to code of­fi­cers Denise Kapish and Sta­cia Ric­cio.

They will hear a pre­sen­ta­tion from bor­ough solic­i­tor Joe Baranko and at­tor­ney John Solt, who works with Baranko in the Slusser Law Firm, about how best to im­ple­ment the laws.

The coun­cil voted 7-0 to ex­pend funds for the pre­sen­ta­tion, which will take about two hours and lead to the de­vel­op­ment of a book­let for the code of­fi­cers.

Kapish said the bor­ough’s per­mit fee doesn’t call for a penalty.

“If you don’t get a per­mit, there’s no pro­vi­sion for what hap­pens next,” Kapish told the coun­cil. “Sta­cia will at­test to this, we’ve had some peo­ple who have re­peat­edly re­fused to get per­mits af­ter be­ing told. There’s not an aw­ful lot we can do to hold them ac­count­able for not do­ing that.”

Baranko said he will check the ordinance to see if it can be changed by res­o­lu­tion.

Shigo ques­tioned if the $10 land­lord reg­is­tra­tion fee is “ev­ery year.”

Kapish ex­plained there is an ini­tial an­nual charge. “You need a reg­is­tra­tion ev­ery year, and if the land­lord changes ten­ants, there is an­other fee,” Kapish said. “There is an ini­tial charge, an an­nual charge, and if the land­lord changes ten­ants.”

Mayor Dane Wa­tro asked if the coun­cil had re­vis­ited his idea for a code en­force­ment team and to pay for it from un­used po­lice train­ing funds that are rolled over ev­ery year if not used.

“We need to talk to Joe (Baranko) about it, to see whether or not we could use those funds for other things,” John DeBalko said.

School driveway

Ha­zle­ton Area School District wants the bor­ough to re­turn a piece of land to the district so it can ex­pand the driveway to the McA­dooKe­layres El­e­men­tary/Mid­dle School.

An­dre March­ese, a HASD rep­re­sen­ta­tive, told the coun­cil the driveway presents a safety haz­ard.

“A lot of ac­ci­dents have been oc­cur­ring,” March­ese said. “The main thing that is hap­pen­ing is when the school buses come around and make the wide turn, the par­ents are com­ing out from pick­ing up their chil­dren, so the buses have to stop, and it is stop­ping traf­fic” on Ke­layres Road.

In 2001, the district gave the 40-foot-by-440-foot par­cel right next to the driveway to the bor­ough for a girls’ soft­ball field.

“At that time, the school district did not need that ex­tra land and ten­dered it to the bor­ough,” Baranko said. “If there is a free-stand­ing deed, all you need to do is deed it over to the school district ver­sus a full-blown sub­di­vi­sion.”

He also said the deed could have a re­verter clause that would au­to­mat­i­cally send the land back to the district if it is not used for re­cre­ation.

“The stip­u­la­tion was that we use it for re­cre­ation, but we couldn’t get it to­gether,” Labert said. “I can’t see hav­ing soft­ball bat­ting (the ball) out into the road.”

The coun­cil au­tho­rized Baranko to check Schuylkill County records.

Aside from widen­ing the driveway, a side­walk is planned for the land to sup­port events at the school.

Mar­ion DeBalko said the bor­ough should stip­u­late the land is used that way.

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