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Water authority authorizes purchase of two hydrants

Published May 20. 2010 05:00PM

Four fire hydrants are being repaired or replaced according to President John Michalik at Wednesday evening's Summit Hill Water Authority meeting and he requested the board approve purchasing two replacement hydrants to help with the project which the board granted unanimously.

"We need to use the existing spare as well as order one, and I would like to make sure an extra one is on hand," Michalik explained after informing the board of the maintenance work occurring in the hilltop community. He said some of the hydrants were able to be repaired with replacement kits but at least two needed total replacements installed. Michalik said the cost was $2,100 per hydrant.

Originally Michalik suggested definitely purchasing one but allowing for the possibility of purchasing a second as needed. Vice President Robert Collevecchio said if it was possible the second one would be necessary and if the operation would result in not having a spare he thought it would be best to purchase two right away instead of holding off on the second replacement hydrant.

"We can store it in the garage to keep it safe," Collevecchio said. Michalik then modified his original motion to purchase the two hydrants outright. Collevecchio asked if they should replace all four hydrants, but Michalik said the repair kits worked fine for two of them.

When Collevecchio asked if the board should consider buying the repair kits to keep on hand, Michalik said there were spares available as they work with the Coaldale/Lansford Water Authority and share spare repair kits. "We keep five on hand between our two authorities," Michalik said.

He also mentioned there are four different model hydrants in town, but instead of retaining the different models, the authority was working to standardize the model as hydrants fail. "We aren't aggressively replacing older models, but as they break we replace them with one model so that eventually the hydrants will be standard," he said.

The board approved the purchase of two replacement hydrants at a cost of $2,100 each 4-0 with Board Member Joe O'Gurek absent.

In other business, Michalik informed the board the borough is unable to participate in the solar project so the initiative will only include the physical plant. He did mention though another grant with a maximum award of $500,000 has been brought to his attention. He said the authority would be applying for this PETA grant also. It was mentioned the land they plan to use is up for a sheriff's sale and the board members discussed this for a bit deciding they would wait to see what happens to the ground and then make a proposal to the new owner or build it in an alternate location if the former action did not work. The cost to apply for this grant will not exceed $1,500 and the motion carried 4-0.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 15 at 7PM at the borough hall.

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