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Summit Hill cuts back on repaving

Published July 29. 2014 04:00PM

The harsh winter we recently endured was a strain on municipal budgets.

There were increased costs for heating, paying for extra salt and other winter road maintenance materials, and repairing heavily used plows and trucks used for snowplowing and snow removal.

And the expenses from that unusually cold and wet winter are still being felt.

An incredible amount of potholes and torn-up streets resulted from the weather.

Summit Hill repaving was discussed at Monday's borough council meeting.

Repaving is occurring on a 9-foot width of the streets instead of curb-to-curb so more streets can be repaired.

John O'Gurek, chairman of the street committee, said, "There has been some opposition to streets (paving) not going curb-to-curb. I made the call. We did five streets."

"I don't like to do it that way be it (the road material) went further," he said. "This year we had so much damage we had to stretch it out."

O'Gurek said funds limit how many more streets the borough will be able to repave this year.

In another related matter, the council tabled awarding a bid on the construction of a road materials storage shed.

One bid had been received for the project. It was from Wood Originals of Bethel at a price of $74,994.

According to borough consultant R. Michael Tirpak of Carbon Engineering, the bid was higher than had been anticipated.

Tirpak said readvertising for bids would delay construction until next spring. He told the council they might negotiate with the contractor to remove some specific items from the project if they desire.

The previous storage shed was located beneath the bleachers at the Ginder Field, next to the borough garage. That shed was lost when the bleachers were removed last month because they had become a safety hazard.

Tirpak said seven firms had picked up bid packages, but only Wood Originals showed a serious interest in doing the construction project.

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