In Coalport ... Bids opened for flood levy project|
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
COALPORT - A two-page agenda greeted guests who showed up for last night's Coalport Borough Council meeting, which was chaired by vice president Jack Rupp in the absence of president Joe Nevling.
The first big order of business was to open bids for the relocation of utilities for the flood levy project.
Joel Romagna, engineer with Stiffler McGraw Engineering, was on hand to verify the bids after they were read.
Nine bid packets were sent out but only three companies submitted bids. The highest bid was from D.J. Wisor and Sons of West Decatur with a bid of $245,456; Diehl Contracting of Glen Hope was next with a bid of $199,485, and the final and lowest bid was from Glenn Johnston Inc. of McKeesport with a bid of $184,967.
Romagna said he would take the bids back with him and verify all of the paperwork. According to Rupp, the borough is not happy with previous work done in the borough by Glenn Johnston Inc.
He and council member Kathy Oshall said Johnston did the work throughout the borough when the sewage went in and several problems were never corrected and they do not like the company's work.
Romagna said he would see what the borough's options are, as the bid did say council reserved the right to reject any or all bids.
Council heard from Bill Clement of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Indiana office and Scott Mignot, deputy director of the Clearfield County EMA. They were asked to attend to discuss the new Community Emergency Response Team program that council member Bill Washell was spearheading.
Clement said the program has been around since 2002 and has worked quite well in most cases. He said it is designed for people to help neighbors when there are no police, fire or emergency medical services available.
Oshall said she just feels it's going to be a problem if CERT team members are on a scene and fire company members arrive.
Clement said it is the CERT team leaders responsibility to have his or her team under control and he said the CERT team is to remove itself from the scene unless they are asked for assistance.
It was also noted that it will not cost the borough anything, and council member Jon Gallaher has a problem believing that, as he said nothing is free.
Mignot said the team members are not first responders, they could possibly help the local EMA with some things, such as running the emergency operations center of something.
Clement said he has seen people be a part of the CERT program and they enjoyed what they were doing to help and joined the local fire company.
Washell said he has about six or seven people already who wish to take the training program, which he is certified to teach.
The borough doesn't have to approve anything, as the county is the sponsor. Clement and Mignot also spoke about a grant application the CERT program could apply for, and they range from $2,000 to $10,500.
Council thanked the men for attending and then moved on.
The agenda had finance listed as the reason for an executive session. The Progress noted that wasn't an executive session matter and Rupp asked who requested the executive session. Secretary/treasurer Nancy Washell said it was Mary Sue Hoey, chairperson of the streetscape committee.
Rupp asked her the purpose of the request and she said streetscape financing and property issues. She was advised it was not an executive session matter and should be discussed in public.
Hoey then proceeded and noted a property owner along the project route wanted a driveway installed and a wall eliminated from the original design. The project was not to cost any more than the original design so the borough and the committee agreed, however Hoey said it cost about $1,500 more and she wanted to know what to do.
Following a lengthy discussion council entertained a motion from Joe Adam who suggested Mike Delfosse be billed the extra and have that money go back to the streetscape fund. Bill Washell seconded it and the motion carried unanimously.
Continuing with the streetscape project, Nancy Washell said GIA engineering made some cuts recently and one of those cuts was Jessica Sheets, who was working as a consultant on the project.
She said that left the committee in a pickle. Hoey said they called Sheets and she agreed to continue working with the committee at $60 an hour since she knows how all of the funding is to be handled.
Hoey said the contractor, HRI Inc. has requested and been granted an extension until Oct. 15 to finish the project.
She said one part of the project that was done was under the direction of a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation employee and that person did not have the authority to do it and it cost $26,000. Hoey was told to have Sheets look it over and come back to the borough with a recommendation.
There will be no trees or grates put in this year, due to funding matters, but she hope they will be able to go in next year.
In other business, council:
• has given assistant secretary/treasurer Paul Winslow a list of items to discuss with the borough solicitor today.
• will have the solicitor advise where to get a forensic account, should the borough need one.
• noted the fall clean up will be held on Sept. 27 at Elderberry Park in Irvona and it is for residents of Irvona, Coalport and Glen Hope Boroughs and Beccaria Township.
• heard Nancy Washell told Lowe's about the misuse of borough funds by the former secretary and Lowe's said that individual had the authority to sign for the items purchased for the borough, therefore the borough was responsible for the bill.
• discussed what to do about trees growing out of the sidewalk along a side street in the borough. That will also be a question Winslow has for the attorney.
• received $3,300 from PennDOT to be used on Turtle Alley. Council said it will likely cost more than that, however the borough will cover the rest of the bill.
• will purchase three loads of cold patch.
• agreed to purchase a new spring for the yellow borough truck and have it installed in-house.
• will relocate a handicap sign from one end of the block to the other. It will be in front of Lia's Pizza.
• heard from Oshall who thinks the auditors should be replaced with a certified public accountant. She is unhappy about them not catching the illegal spending the former secretary was doing. Council will look into it.