The old Mauch Chunk Train Station in Jim Thorpe is getting a facelift.
During the Carbon County commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board opened bids for the train station masonry restoration project.
The apparent low bidder was Spotts Brothers Inc. of Schuylkill Haven, who submitted a bid of $17,760.
Other bids included Solid Wall LLC of Huntington Valley, $20,250; Eagle Ridge Contracting Inc. of Herndon, Pa., $22,530; Jones Masonry Restoration Corp. of Harrisburg, $24,495; C&D Waterproofing Corp. of Bloomsburg, $27,000; Trudy Schneider, Schneider Restorations Inc. of Newtown, Pa., $29,600; and Houck & Company Inc. of Harrisburg, $34,306.
Hanson Aggregates Pa. LLC of Stroudsburg mailed in a bid, but when it was opened, the paperwork inside the envelope was not related to the project.
The board voted to table the bids until all could be reviewed by the county engineer. A contract will be awarded during the commissioners' Aug. 22 meeting.
In other matters, a concerned resident of the White Bear section of Summit Hill approached the board asking for its help.
He explained that a cesspool has been sealed by another resident and is currently over-flooding with fecal matter, causing e. coli contamination of the soil and water supply in the area. Complaints have been filed with Summit Hill borough and the state Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection, the resident reported, but nothing has been done to alleviate the problem.
The resident came to the commissioners because the area of the contamination is getting closer to the Mauch Chunk Creek, which feeds into Mauch Chunk Lake, owned by the county.
Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said the county has no jurisdiction over the area and asked county solicitor Daniel Miscavige for his advice.
Miscavige said that the county can ask the state and Summit Hill for the status of remedying the problem because of it potentially contaminating Mauch Chunk Lake, but confirmed that this is not in the county's jurisdiction.
Commissioner William O'Gurek interjected that he felt the county meeting was not the place to be venting this problem, and refused to allow pointing the finger at another resident because the other person was not present at the meeting.
He agreed with Miscavige, saying that if the sewage problem is going to potentially harm Mauch Chunk Lake, then the county should inquire about it.