Carbon County residents and visitors will see work being done around the Old Mauch Chunk train station next year.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to advertise for invitations to bid for the train station bituminous sidewalk replacement and parking lot resurfacing project.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, explained that the project calls for blacktopping the parking area behind the Hooven building; and replacing the sidewalk around the train station with a stained or dyed blacktop.

"We think this will serve its purpose," O'Gurek said. "It will make the area around the train station even better."

He said the reason for the change from concrete to blacktop is because it appears to be safer. Currently, the sidewalk around the station is unlevel in areas, with cracks and holes in places where water has penetrated and pushed the concrete apart.

Commissioner Charles Getz and Randall Smith, county administrator, visited a similar project in White Haven recently and felt blacktop was the right choice.

Getz said that it was a nice project and he feels that this will solve the issue of sidewalks cracking and creating unsafe conditions.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said he felt it should be masonry.

The county will now wait to see what bids come in for the project and hope to have the work start sometime in the spring.

In other matters, the commissioners appointed Robin D. Cressley of Lehighton to the public director position at the Conservation District; and Marian Hoffner of Palmerton to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

They also reappointed Nothstein as the commissioner representative at the Conservation District; and Frank Jacobs of Nesquehoning and Fred Bresswein of Lehighton, to the Planning Commission.