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Lansford office staff is moving

Published September 15. 2011 05:01PM

Lansford borough's office staff will be moved from the offices on East Patterson Street to the community center on Ridge Street, at least until a mold problem is cleared up and a new roof installed.

Council on Wednesday voted 4-2, with Councilman Andrew Snyder absent, in favor of the move. Councilman Lenny Kovach gave his nod, but wants the relocation to be temporary.

The ongoing mold problem resulted in a recently-hired clerk to quit, according to borough secretary-treasurer Beth Seymour. Council earlier arranged to have the leaking chimney, considered the source of the mold problem, cleaned and lined.

The vote to move the staff took place after a motion to do a feasibility study to determine the cost of the move faltered.

In a related move, council awarded the roof job to Home Solutions Partners, Palmerton, for $13,867.77.

Home Solutions was one of three bidders for the project. The other was Hutchison Construction, Hazleton, which bid $18,316. The third bidder, Miller Construction and Remodeling, submitted an incomplete bid.

Council also agreed, after a lengthy and spirited discussion, to seek separate roof bids for the borough garage, pool and community center.

In other matters, council agreed to hire certified public accountants Kirk Summa and Company to perform data entry to help the borough catch up on its financial disarray as it heads into budget season. Also, council agreed to have Richard Shupp of Schuylkill County Computer Services Inc. come in to train Seymour on the accounting software program QuickBooks. Seymour will arrange the training schedule.

With budget time looming, Councilwoman Mary Kruczek, who has been bonded, has been working with Seymour to try to straighten out the borough's disorganized finances.

Jim Thorpe borough manager Wesley Johnson has also offered to come in to help. Kruczek said Johnson should submit a proposal.

In other matters, Councilwoman Rosemary Cannon again approached the subject of Council President Adam Webber's residence. There has been ongoing speculation in the borough that Webber does not actually live in town, but in McAdoo.

"At the end of the day, you don't lay your head down at 356 West Ridge St.," Cannon said.

"How do you know that?" Webber shot back.

Also on Tuesday, Councilman Tommy Vadyak urged Webber to enforce the three-minute time limit on public speakers.

Vadyak pointed out that one hour and 20 minutes into the meeting, the public comment portion was still going on, with only a few people speaking.

Council also approved a resolution to a sewer transmission fee problem experienced by property owner Brenda Lee Wells, who owns a building at 106-108 W. Ridge St. Wells said the building houses apartments and shops, and said she was still billed for sewer transmission fees even though her water service had been wrongly shut off.

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