Coalport streetscape project moves forward|
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
COALPORT - Members of the Streetscape Committee attended the Coalport Borough Council meeting last night in the community building and provided an update on the streetscape project, which was promising news.
Nancy Washell, vice president of the committee, told council a meeting was held in borough chambers with those involved with the construction. She said in January the project is to get under way with the relocating of utility services then in late March or early April or earlier if the weather breaks, the work should begin on redoing the curbs, sidewalks and more.
Washell said HRI of State College will be doing the work for most of the project. She said the Mill Street to Spruce Street portions will be re-bid due to the funding for that coming from another source. Washell and committee president Mary Sue Hoey are hoping HRI gets that bid as well.
Washell also noted the company will work with the committee to make sure the street fair is held this year.
Cost for the project is $1.2 million.
Hoey asked council to approve a list of requests for the borough as well, noting the secretary would be working with all entities involved to issue checks and handle paperwork and such.
She asked that no accounting information be removed from the community building and would like a committee of 2-3 streetscape members to do quarterly audits on the books.
Borough secretary Donna Peterson said she is in the office more than posted hours and she will work with Jessica Sheets, the contractor and PennDOT to accommodate them and she said she never takes information out of the borough offices.
Hoey also noted the next edition of the newsletter is being put together and should be in the mail soon.
It will address a few of the topics the borough has, such as parking, plowing and more.
Jack Rupp, vice president of council chaired the meeting in the absence of president Joe Nevling and he noted at the end of the meeting there will be a special meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Glendale Fire Hall to discuss the future of the post office.
Rupp said the post office is in jeopardy of losing hours or even being closed and he said all the support possible is needed to attend.
"I have been watching this post office," he said. "It's a very busy post office, there are always people in an out and the employees are always busy in there."
He is encouraging all council members to attend along with any and all residents.
During the street committee meeting council member Joe Adam said he received a number of calls about the plowing in the borough, or the poor job. He said streets of particular interest were Upper Franklin, Pine Street and Union Street.
"Union was terrible," he said. "I went down it and there was four inches of slush on it."
He said the streets need to be plowed better and people need to adhere to the parking laws to allow for plowing. In a related matter, the plow was broken and repaired during the recent storms.
Adam said he's seen the borough truck just slow down at stop signs and not come to a complete stop.
He said that is not acceptable and the employees need to stop at all stop signs.
In other business, council:
• will order a load of 2A stone.
• heard Peterson and council member Bill Washell have a meeting with Magisterial District Judge Jim Hawkins officially make Washell the parking enforcement officer.
• Washell said he created a public awareness Facebook page and he encourages people to check it out.
He is trying to keep it updated with various news and notes from throughout the borough.
• advised Peterson to check on the Marcellus shale gas money it has received and find out when it has to be spent by so council knows which project to use it for.
• will place "No Parking" signs along Walnut Street from Turtle Alley to Main Street. Council member Harry Semelesberger voted no, stating that was tried before and it didn't work.
• will install "Watch Children" signs in various areas throughout the borough.
• heard the "Do not enter" sign and "One Way" sign at Hegarty's Garage are missing. The employees were told to get them reinstalled.
• will send a letter to the Glendale Fire Dept. stating the flood control money can be used to relocate the pole that houses the fire whistle. The pole needs to be moved due to the flood project.
• heard a sink not being used at the nursery school was leaking and rotting the floor. Employees turned the water off, cut the pipe off and built a shelf for the school to use.