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Lansford council agrees to proceed with Jones Street sewer project

Published July 15. 2010 05:00PM

Lansford Borough Council says it might save over $35,000 by having borough employees do some of the work on a sewer line replacement project on Jones Street.

The council last night agreed to have the line replaced on Jones Street with contracted costs being $25,231.

Had the entire project be bid to a contractor, the cost of the work could have been as much as $61,830.

It was stressed that the figure of $25,231 doesn't include the salaries of the borough employees.

Two firms had submitted bids for the work. Peter J. Radocha of Coaldale had submitted the $61,830 bid while another firm's bid was $6,500 higher.

Council president Robert Gaughan supplied a calculation of what the project will cost if the borough opts to divide the work among various contractors with the borough employees performing some of the work.

The contracts agreed by the borough were:

Tree removal - Dunn's Tree Service at $1,750 (the highest of three bids was $2,600).

* Site work including manhole installation and site restoration - Peter J. Radocha & Sons, $8,350 (the highest of two bids was $12,300).

Pipe fittings - Fry's Plastic, $2,886 (only one bid).

A total of 504 feet of pipe - Fry's Plastic, $4,873.60 (the highest of four bids was $5,657.60).

Stone and fill - Hazardous Materials, LLC, $2,000 (the only price received).

Sanitary Manhole - Monarch Precast Concrete, $3,570 (only one price received).

Rental equipment needed - Trenchtech Inc., $1,800 per month (only price received).

Gaughan explained that the project entails replacing a 15-inch sewer line. He said last November a piece of the sewer line collapsed, which demonstrated the need for this project.

The project entails about 600 feet of sewer line. It was noted that the existing line will remain intact until the new line is installed.

Councilman Lenny Kovach abstained from voting on the matter because he is an employee of Radocha's. Four council members favored doing the project, with council member Tommy Vadyak opposed.

In other borough matters:

Kovach was given permission to purchase a new paint sprayer to paint street lines. The sprayer will cost about $3,000.

George Bossick was given approval to use a trap to catch groundhogs which are a nuisance in his yard. He resides on East Front Street. He said after trapping the groundhogs, he will release them in the wild.

Kovach suggested leasing some borough equipment to other municipalities when not being used by the borough. He said only borough workers, though, would operate the equipment.

It was stressed that if such a policy occurs, it will not affect the inter-municipality work agreement the borough has with Summit Hill and Coaldale.

The matter was referred to committee until next month's meeting.

Gaughan said "Red Flag Laws" become effective at the end of this year, meaning utility firms cannot use post cards to send bills. Instead the bills must be in envelopes.

He termed it "an unfunded mandate" by the federal government, adding it could quadruple the cost of mailing utility bills.

• The council tabled action of advertising for bids for the demolition of two buildings - one at 614 E. Patterson St. and the other at 112 E. Patterson St.

• The council agreed to provide two park benches in front of Sharp's News Agency "as long it complies with the borough's sidewalk obstruction ordinance."

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