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Replacing two roofs will be costly

Published May 10. 2012 05:01PM

It could cost at least $30,715 to replace the storm-damaged roof of the buildings at the Lansford borough swimming pool on the west end of town, and at least another $19,500 to replace the storm damaged roof of the community center at 1 W. Ridge St., which now houses the borough offices.

Council opened the bids at a public meeting Wednesday, but tabled them for review before awarding the work, which would be paid for by insurance.

Three companies submitted bids: Crown General Contracting, Allentown, bid $30,715.95 on the pool buildings; GEA2 of New Jersey bid $55,000, and Addi Roofing and Construction of Hazleton offered to do the job for $32,900.

The same companies submitted bids for the community center roof: Crown , $25,567; GEA2, $38,500 and Addi, $19,500.

The borough garage roof also needs repair, but the job would not cost enough to require bids. Councilman Lenny Kovach said he would contact three roofers to get quotes.

The discussion prompted Councilman Tommy Vadyak to suggest the borough tear down the building and replace it with a pole building."It's time to stop throwing away money on that building," he said.

He said he would research the costs of pole buildings.

In other matters, Vadyak questioned code enforcement/zoning officer Katheryn Labosky whether the Panther Valley School District had submitted any paperwork concerning its plans to create a parking lot on land at 401 W. Bertsch St., at the edge of its football stadium, by paving it with macadam.

Labosky said it had not. She said she has not seen vehicles parked there, adding that she works from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and leaves the borough on weekends, so she is not around when football games are played and people may be parked there.

Solicitor Michael Greek said the matter may need to go before the borough zoning hearing board because the lot, the former site of a planned industrial soap factory, was zoned commercial.

A letter dated April 30 to council from school district maintenance supervisor George Krajnak says Krajnak met with borough engineer Eric Snyder to go over the specifications for the paving, and that Snyder agreed with the specs.

Krajnak wrote that the lot would not only help by providing extra parking space during football games, but would also help the borough with winter parking on Kline Avenue and provide a place for people to park during snow removal.

The school district, Vadyak pointed out, has already begun seeking bids for the job of paving the lot.

That led council to a discussion about whether the lot would need a concrete sidewalk, as people walk over it to get to a supermarket and drugstore.

Kovach suggested setting up a meeting with school officials to discuss the matter.

Also on Wednesday, council:

*Agreed to send out delinquency notices to those property owners who have yet to pay their sewer transmission fees. according to borough businessman Bob Silver, who has volunteered to help sort out the borough's finances, $81,059 is owed. he submitted a list that showed that three people owe $500; 14 owe $400; 163 owe $300 and 105 people owe $200.

He suggested council act aggressively to collect the money. Council did just that, eliminating an option to take 60 days to pay in full rather than the established 30 day limit.

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