White: $500K for work on Dinsmore Avenue

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, Borough Manager Ben White presented Punxsutawney Borough Council with an estimated cost to pave and place new sewage lines along Dinsmore Avenue at half a million dollars.

A couple of months ago, council asked him to move forward with an estimated cost to upgrade Dinsmore Avenue, one of the last two brick covered streets in the borough. The other brick- covered road is Grace Way.

White said the project would entail replacing the sanitary sewage lines and installing a storm sewer line that currently does not exist. In addition, there would be more inlets, curbing, sub-base and black top included in the project.

“Minus the engineering and contingency costs, the total cost for Dinsmore Avenue is estimated at $500,000,” White said. “The high cost of that project surprised me. Obviously, it’s not going to be done this year. Now that we know the projected cost, we might want to change the scope of the project.”

In other business:
• White said the sewer line projects that will be partially paid for with the H2O grant have been put out to bid.

The one project is the separation of sewer lines with the construction of a storm sewer on West Mahoning Street near the Punxy Plaza, he said.
White said the second project is also a sewer line separation project located on South Main Street.

• White said he met with Coral Ellshoff, director of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, about applying for a $145,000 grant for electrical energy upgrades at the library.

He said Ellshoff plans to ask council to write a letter of intent, which does not obligate it to put any funds toward the project.

DCNR would pay for half of the project, which is a 50/50 match, White said. Half the cost is $72,500, and the library has not applied for the grant yet.

• White said the Punxsutawney Area Community Center roof project will go out to bid soon.

With this project, every portion of the roof that needed to be replaced will have been completed, he said.

A community center group will take care of asbestos removal to save money, with construction scheduled for late summer or early fall.

Also, at Tuesday’s Legal & Finance Committee meeting:
• The Planning Commission held a special meeting last week about relocation plans for Rumors Tavern.

The original Rumors building will be torn down as part of the Saw Mill Run bridge replacement project because the building is attached to the original bridge.

He said the owners of Rumors will construct their new building further back on the lot it currently occupies.

White said the commission approved a change in zoning from industrial to town center commercial on Prushnok Drive, at the site of the former Career Link building and Department of Welfare office.

Both requests were approved by the Planning Commission and will be voted on by council Monday.