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SUMMIT HILL Firm hired to repair FC heating

Published March 12. 2013 05:01PM

Summit Hill Borough Council last night hired a Catasauqua firm to repair the heating and air conditioning system at the borough's fire station.

ASL Mechanical will do the work at a cost of $9,200.

The council said it asked three firms for bids for the work. A second company quoted a figure of $9,900 and the third firm didn't respond.

Councilman Michael Alabovitz said that the work is basically replacing the entire system in the office areas of the fire company.

"We will replace the whole thing," he said. "It's shot."

Council President Michael Kokinda gave strong support to the project, remarking, "They've been over there all winter with no heat. They've been using electric heaters."

"It's a new building," interjected Alabovitz. "If we're not going to fix the building, we may as well shut it down."

The motion to make the repairs was 5-0, with council members Bill Chapman and Jesse Walck absent.

John O'Gurek, a member of the council, asked about the source of finances for the repairs. Borough secretary/treasurer Susan K. Gibiser said she feels the borough has adequate funds for the project and might even consider installment payments.

One source of revenue for making the repairs is that a major loan was refinanced, resulting in substantial cost savings to the borough.

The fire company was part of a construction project about five years ago which included a new borough hall, fire station, community center, and police headquarters.

The fire company was occupied in early 2010 and dedicated on July 24, 2010.

Ever since it occupied the structure, the heating, air conditioning, and exhaust system hasn't operated properly, according to reports aired at council meetings.

There had been a lawsuit against the HVAC contractor, but that was settled without a court trial.

Kokinda said another firm had attempted to make repairs but it's obvious the heating and air conditioning system needs replacement.

In other business:

• Monica Marshall gave her letter of resignation as event coordinator for the Community Center effective March 31.

She told the council, "When we started, I agreed to stay on and manage the booking until (the center) got on its feet. It's on its feet."

She said she will continue to serve as chairman of the Recreation Commission.

Kokinda said anyone interested in serving as event coordinator for the Community Center should apply in writing to the borough.

• Marshall said Easter on the Hill will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at Ludlow Park and at the neighboring Bill Black Park.

• It was also reported by Marshall that new swings are planned for the Little League Playground. She was given permission by the council to purchase chains for the swings, noting that the Recreation Commission has the rest of the components.

Alabovitz said that presently at the playground, "We have nothing there."

Marshall said the commission doesn't have the finances to buy any additional playground equipment at the present time.

• The council appointed Robert Watto to the planning commission.

• Approval was given to Sarah Moore to use the Ludlow Park gazebo for a wedding on July 20.

• Jim Thorpe National Bank was named as the borough's new repository. The accounts are being transferred from First Niagara Bank, which closed its Summit Hill branch on Dec. 28.

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