Check out the new ride: Borough adds dump truck

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Punxsutawney Borough recently purchased a good used dump truck through the PennDOT auction.

"Punxsutawney Borough Council had given permission for the borough to proceed with the purchase of a used dump truck through PennDOT," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough Manager at the Public Works Committee meeting on Tuesday.

White said the truck that was purchased is a 2000 International single-axle dump truck with 109,000 miles on it that has an aluminum bed.

It's licensed and operational; however, council will have to purchase a different spreader for it, as the spreader from the old truck won't fit this one, he said.

"Hopefully, the truck will be ready to use for oil and chipping of the borough's alleys," White said.

Larry Chenoga, Public Works chairman, said he encouraged committee members to go and see the new truck, as it is in nice condition.

White added that Joe Defelice, Public Works foreman, said that the oil and chipping of the borough alleys is scheduled for the last week of August.

Currently, Public Works crews are sweeping and patching the alleys to prepare them for oil and chips, White said, adding that they hope to use the new dump truck for spreading the stone.

White said that paving on borough streets has been completed by Hager Paving and inspected by PennDOT.

The streets that were paved and had its curb ramps upgraded were:

• Cliff Street, between a point 135 feet west of South Penn Street and Gaskill Avenue.

• Gaskill Avenue, between Altman Avenue and Cliff Street.

• Blair Street, between Woodland Avenue and Rockland Avenue.

• Cherry Street, between Mitchell Avenue and Carlton Avenue.

• Nancy Lane, from North Main Street to the end.

In other business:

• White said the the sewer separation work that is scheduled through the H2O Grant will begin Sunday evening.

He said the sewer separation project on West Mahoning Street is scheduled by the Punxsy Plaza first, and the work will be done during the nighttime hours due to the heavy traffic that travels through that area during the daytime.

The contractor will work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday night and the separation project should take about one-and-a-half weeks, depending on the weather, White said, adding that after that project is completed the sewer project on Horatio Street will begin.

Eric Story, council member, said the people who live on Horatio Street need to be advised that the work is done so they can tie into the sewer lines. White said he was told by the EADS Engineering Group that residents can also tie into the new sewer line after the work is completed.

Defelice has contacted the property owners of Horatio Street about the work that is going to be done, White said.

• White said the bids for the Punxsutawney Area Community Center roof project are due by 10 a.m. today at the Civic Center utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

The borough completed a CDBG roof project two years ago and also a sidewalk CDBG project in front of the center, he said.

White said the projects have been good ones that have helped the center.

Chenoga requested that White place the Community Center roof project on the agenda for council's executive session once the bids have been opened.

At Tuesday's Legal & Finance Committee meeting:

• White announced that council will hold a special hearing at 6:55 p.m. Monday prior to the regular council meeting in regards to vacating alleys along South Main Street. The oil and gas ordinance revision will also be discussed.

• Budget time will be coming up within the next month for 2013, and the department heads will soon begin preparing their budgets for the new year, White said.

Punxsutawney borough council will hold its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Civic Center.