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Council votes to repair roads, basketball court

Published July 25. 2012 05:01PM

Parryville Borough has some awful roads and on Tuesday night council members voted to spend a balance of the Liquid Fuels account and a $48,000 grant to repair the worst of them.

Mike Grant, council president, presented the costs of the road repairs, breaking down the project into four separate proposals. Grant noted that the original proposal had included repairing potholes throughout the borough, but he said that after he and the contractor had walked the streets, another plan emerged to repair the worst of the streets with a change order proposed.

Grant said that what was proposed was to place a scratch coat of about 1 1-2 inches on roads at a cost of $17,000, repair a 15-foot by 420-foot section of Harrity Road, at a cost of $8,000; plus to repair the basketball court for $6,200 and the playground parking lot for $9,800 would wipe out most of the funds in the Liquid Fuels account and deplete the grant funds.

"We can spend the money or let the Liquid Fuels in the account," said Grant. "What does everyone else think?"

Three of the four council members attending the meeting voted for all four areas to be repaired, but one council member, Jennifer Borger, said that she could not vote for the basketball court or parking lot.

"I know we have to do the roads, but I vote no for the basketball court and parking lot," she said. "I know the roads are bad."

Voting for the entire package was Grant and council members, Cathy Hawk and Sharon Keiser. Jennifer Emrey was absent.

The roads to be repaired for the $17,000 focus on Main, Chestnut, Water and Oak streets.

Grant noted that the road work would be done over a four day period, if the change order is accepted by Carbon County Commissioners. The borough was awarded a $48,000 grant and has funds in the Liquid Fuel account to cover the costs.

He noted that the cost for the parking lot repair not only covered paving the area, but quite a bit of excavating that raised the costs. Grant also noted that the borough's insurance provider has asked the borough to repair the parking lot for at least five years.

Secretary Dana Brubaker noted that about $2,500 would remain in the Liquid Fuels Account, plus the Borough has $21,000 in a "Rainy Day Account" for emergencies.

Grant also announced that council may hold a special meeting to adopt an ordinance ordaining Water Street as a borough street so that Liquid Fuels Funds may be used to upgrade the road.

"We have to plan for the future," said Grant. "Keeping our money in the bank does not fix the roads."

Grant also noted that council is negotiating with Walsh Construction in regard to some of the damage done by heavy equipment during the bridge reconstruction. Grant noted that he is not sure how and if the borough will be compensated until the borough engineer and Walsh Construction compare reports.

"We were told if there was damage, we would be compensated," he said. "Our engineer has photographs and video of the roads before and after. We'll work something out."

In other business, council voted to approve a minor four-lot subdivision along Cherry Hill Road and noted that a dumpster at 162 Main St. was moved.

Mayor Dean Emrey said that the fire company had been concerned that the dumpster was a hazard.

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