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Council: Light project should wrap up in two weeks

September 12, 2011

Monday, Mayor James T. Wehrle (far left) and council commended Frank Davis and Don Ross as recently-retired Lindsey Fire Company firefighters for their long-time service as volunteer firefighters. Pictured are (from left): Wehrle; council member Larry Chenoga; Davis; Ross; and council members Mike Porada and Bill Spencer. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council learned Monday that poles to be used for the traffic light replacement project at the intersection of North Findley and Pine and Torrence streets have been delivered, and the project should be completed within the next two weeks.

Council President Susan Glessner said it would be interesting to see what these poles look like, since they are identical to the ones set for placement as part of the downtown Punxsutawney traffic signal project.
Borough Engineer Brian Sekula, of The EADS Group, said the poles should be delivered today, and Palo Construction should have the work completed within the next two weeks.

Borough Manager Ben White said the North Findley Street sanitary sewer project was completed Monday as the Pine and North Findley streets intersection was paved.

White said he talked with Kirby Starr, PennDOT project manager for the downtown traffic signal upgrade, who said he was going to meet with contractor Power Contracting as to when that project would resume.

Work to be performed includes installation of accessible pedestrian push buttons; pavement marking removal; parking meter, light pole, post-mounted sign and overhead sign removal; installation of drainage; replacement of reflective sheeting as needed; replacement sign installation; replacement lightpole installation; new traffic signal installation; paving; line painting; and related miscellaneous construction.

The total project cost is $1,112,458.

Council member Roger Steele said it was reported at a recent Route 119 Committee meeting that the project might not be completed until next year.

Also Monday, council:
• Approved the final pay estimate of $5,044 to Terra Works Inc. under the reduced payment for the construction, widening and paving of Torrence Street.

Sekula said the original contract price was $47,900, and the final estimate was lowered to $46,410.

• Approved a request from the Punxsutawney Fire Department to hold its Pizza & Prevention fund-raiser event Oct. 1.

The department was seeking permission from council to hold its annual fund-raiser due to an apparent insurance misunderstanding with the carrier Penn Prime.

Scott Depp, first assistant chief, said the department was hoping to clear up the misunderstanding with a meeting to be held with the insurance carrier.

• Approved several road closure requests from the Punxsutawney Fire Department to close South Findley Street from Mahoning Street to Union Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 in order to display fire apparatus and hand out fire prevention materials as a part of Pizza & Prevention.
• Approved the temporary closing of Cranberry Alley from North Findley heading west one half a block from about 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the purpose of setting up a trailer with an extra oven.

Traffic will be able to access the rear parking lots along Cranberry from North Gilpin Street.

• Approved the bagging of three parking meters in the Punxsy Hotel municipal lot for delivery driver parking and will be done by members of the fire department.

In other business:
• Mayor James Wehrle and council presented proclamations to recently-retired Lindsey Fire Company firefighters Frank Davis and Don Ross.
Wehrle proclaimed Monday as Frank Davis and Don Ross day in Punxsutawney for their long-time service as volunteer firefighters.

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