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$60,000 playground project moves forward

Published October 05. 2009 02:55PM

Weissport is on track to install new playground equipment, according to Sue Pywar, council vice president.

Council on Monday night approved spending $2,480 to have the drilling and layout of the playground done by someone who has experience with playgrounds. Pywar said that since the footers have to be inspected by DCNR, she is hesitant to use volunteers for that part of the construction.

"They (DCNR) have to come and inspect it," she said. "If they don't do it right, we don't get reimbursed. I was advised to use someone with experience. We are still at our numbers. We got a grant for $60,000."

She also noted that the bench will have to be moved forward and two other items are not reimbursable because they are not handicapped accessible.

"The tetherball and toss up which come to $1,400 we will somehow pay for because they are not reimbursable," said Pywar. "I don't know if you want to eliminate them or pay for them with a CD set aside for recreation that I know the borough has."

Pywar said her cost estimate totals $60,347.58, of which $800 is set aside to pay for layout supervision.

Pywar thanked council member Arland Moyer and borough workers for taking the old playground down last Saturday.

Tammy Solt, a member of Concerned Citizens of Weissport, asked Pywar for advance notice of when the equipment will be installed so volunteers can be ready.

In other business, council also approved having Terminex inspect and bait the rat traps each month at a cost of $53 a month. Terminex was maintained to do the work after a number of residents complained at the last meeting that they saw large rats in the borough.

Steve Mansueto said that the borough has six bait boxes and that replacement boxes cost $15.

Also, Mansueto said putting a sealer on the paved paths in the borough park will not solve the problem of deteriorating edges.

Councilmember Moyer said that when the first block of Railway Alley was paved, contractors encountered a problem with a drainage pipe. He said the slab was made to be lifted off, but over the years the slab was separating and was caulked and repaired with a steel plate. The slab has dropped over a foot.

"Easiest way to repair it is to take the slab off and repair the pipe and then cover it back up," said Moyer. "I guess I have to wait to hear back from the contractor."

Council also approved a payment of $1,909.67 to the Volunteer Firemen Relief Association.

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