Lansford council on Wednesday was poised to award the job of replacing roofs on buildings at the borough's swimming pool. But, after a representative of one of the bidders questioned whether another company's bid bonds were properly submitted, council wiped the slate clean and agreed to seek another round of proposals.
Council on April 10 opened bids from four companies vying for the job. The bids were to replace the roofs on the pavilion; a building whose roof is tagged "roof 1;" the snack shop, and the office.
Crown Contracting offered to replace the pavilion roof for $2,700; roof 1 for $9,150; the snack shop for $5,450, and the office for $14,450.
Spotts Bros. Inc., Schuylkill Haven, offered to replace the pavilion roof for $2,700; roof 1 for $8,900; the snack shop for $4,800, and the office for $14,100.
Diversified Construction, Inc., Selinsgrove, offered to replace the pavilion roof for $2,750; roof 1 for $8,750; the snack shop for $4,500, and the office for $13,750.
Hutchinson Construction, Hazleton, offered to replace the pavilion roof for $2,070; roof 1 for $7,340; the snack shop for $3,865, and the office for $11,715.
On Wednesday a representative of Diversified Construction attended the public meeting, and questioned whether Hutchinson had submitted the proper bid bonds. Borough solicitor Michael Greek subsequently advised council to start fresh.
In other matters Wednesday, council agreed, with Mary Soberick and President Rose Mary Cannon opposed, and Danielle Smith absent, to have a company collect unwanted electronic equipment, free of charge. The borough has been having a problem with people dumping their old computers and televisions on a Dock Street property.
Council then decided to table the matter pending further review.
The company, Advanced Green Solutions Inc., of Walnutport, would provide a container for people to put their electronics into, then would collect it. Due to changes in environmental laws, electronics are no longer collected by trash haulers or recyclers.
Also on Wednesday:
*Council agreed to pay Telco Inc. $8,000 to to remove borough equipment from PPL utility poles at Coal and Patterson streets. PPL is replacing the poles between May 21-23. Councilman Lenny Kovatch said he's been working with the company to get the cost down from its original $11,000.
*Council accepted the resignations of Marie Ondrus and Irma Leibensperger from the Parks and Recreation board, and appointed Jack Soberick and Mary Jo Eidle in their places;
*Council did not support Councilman Tommy Vadyak's proposal to send a letter to Carbon County commissioners concerning the former Panther Valley Middle School on Bertsch Street. Vadyak said the owner of the building, former council President Adam Webber, owes $140,000 in back taxes. Webber recently sold the parking lot of the old school for $11,000 to the American Fire Co. No. 1 to use as access to the new building they are putting up.
Vadyak was angry because the building and lot in 2003 were designated as a tax-free Keystone Opportunity Zone.
"Lansford taxpayers are going to be shortchanged," he said.
*Cannon read a proclamation declaring May 12-19 National Police Week in Lansford. Cannon, who is the mother of two police officers, also read a poem, "Just A Cop."
*Cannon thanked borough police Officer Chris Ondrus and Kovatch for their work clearing out the former borough offices above the fire station on Bertsch Street. The fire building is scheduled to be demolished on Monday to make way for a new building.
*Council, with Mary Soberick opposed, gave resident Mike Rehatchek permission to clean and detail police vehicles again this summer. Rehatchek does the work for free.