When it met Tuesday evening, Tamaqua Borough Council voted to approve the 2014 street materials contract. Two bids for the materials were received, one from Lehigh Asphalt and Paving of Tamaqua and the other from Pottsville Materials, of Pottsville.
The bids included prices for delivery and for the borough to pick up the materials themselves.
Borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt explained that PennDOT has a formula for figuring out the bottom line on the cost of transporting the materials versus having them delivered. Pottsville Materials submitted the lowest bids for seven of the thirteen advertised materials, with an award totaling $70,355.
Lehigh Asphalt submitted the lowest bids for six of the thirteen advertised materials, with an award totaling $16,875. Steigerwalt said the prices were comparable to last year.
Council also approved several certificates of appropriateness for changes to an existing sign at 116 E. Broad St., the demolition of a rear addition at 44 W. Broad St., and the installation of emergency generators at the East End Fire Company and the Water Department Garage.
Council received communications from the Borough of Nesquehoning requesting that Tamaqua enter into a mutual aid agreement with them. The matter was referred to the public safety committee for review. Council also received a letter from Antoinette Allesch, president of Salute, LLC, expressing an interest in operating the Bungalow Park concession stand during the 2014 summer season.
Council referred the matter to the recreation and youth committee for review.
Steigerwalt advised council that the work on the Swatara Street sewer has been completed, however, repaving in the area will not be able to be completed until spring. The new parking meters have been installed throughout the borough, with the exception of the area around the Majestic House and the area currently affected by the East Broad Street bridge project.
Steigerwalt indicated that there were some issues with the new meters and several had to be returned to the manufacturer.
The Schuylkill County Tax Claim Bureau advised the borough that the property at 27 E. Elm St. has been bid on by "Deeds R Us," an LLC which has a mailing address of Las Vegas, Nev. Steigerwalt said the principle owner of the LLC, Francis Davizio, had bid on three properties in the borough last year; however, the sale was not approved by the school district and did not go through.
"Their mailing address is a post office box in Nevada. I think that is enough. I don't see a good ending for this," said council President Micah Gursky. Council voted against the sale.
Mayor Christian Morrison said he and police Chief Rick Weaver had inspected the borough's newest squad car and it will be added to the borough's fleet shortly.
Council held an executive session regarding personnel matters and after the session voted 3-2 to extend an early retirement benefit to non-union employees in 2014, including employees with 25 years of service and who are 55 years of age.