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A $35,000 repair

Published July 27. 2010 05:00PM

The faulty air conditioning system in the new Summit Hill fire company and borough hall might soon be repaired but not by the company that installed it.

The borough council last night, at a special meeting, awarded a contract totaling $35,000 to H.T. Lyons of Allentown to make the repair.

Lyons was the only firm to bid on the work.

Council President Joe Weber said it is important to have this work done, stating, "This will be one of the final pieces to bring closure" to the building project.

The $3.5 million building project, for which a ground-breaking ceremony occurred in March 2008, was achieved through a $1.25 million state grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is administered through the governor's office. The grant money won't be received until the buildings are accepted by the borough.

The borough couldn't accept the buildings because the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems in both the fire station and borough hall weren't functioning properly.

The HVAC contractor for the building project was Hoch Mechanical of Allentown. The borough had been negotiating for some time with Hoch to make repairs but the negotiations apparently broke down.

The building project consisted of construction of a borough hall and fire station, and demolition of the former fire station and the old St. Joseph School which had served as the borough hall.

After occupying the buildings, the problems with the air conditioning systems were discovered.

Earlier this month, the council agreed to hire an outside firm to make the repairs to the air conditioning. The bidding process consisted of allowing firms to inspect the system and propose their own specifications for making the repairs.

Attorney Joseph Matika, the borough solicitor, told the council that it appears the bid by Lyons was properly submitted to the borough.

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