Committee eyes spring paving projects

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Works Committee is looking at upcoming street paving projects.

Tuesday, committee Chairman Roger Steele said liquid fuel bids for the projects will be opened at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.
Steele said at this time, there is no update on what is being bid, nor how much the borough can afford to do.

Ben White, borough manager, said the bids were advertised, and there have been many contractors who have picked up bid packages.

White said after the bids are opened Thursday, he’ll review them and present his recommendations to council at Monday’s meeting.

At an earlier meeting, it was pointed out that Highland Avenue and Cherry Street are prioritized for paving by the borough, with a portion of the paving to be paid by the Pennsylvania American Water Company due to waterline construction last year.

The streets scheduled to be paved — depending on how high or low the bids come in — are Highland Avenue from Blair to the end of the street; Sutton Street from Mitchell to Sycamore; Walnut Alley from Mulberry to Route 119; and the last portion of Horatio Street.

Also Tuesday:
• Steele said he and White met with Joe Defelice, Public Works foreman, and The EADS group about paving of Grace Way, one of two brick streets that remain in Punxsy.

They looked at sight distances, grading and discussed the possibility of keeping the majority of the original brick in place.
Paving over a brick road can be costly, due to the special matting that must be placed over the brick so the asphalt will adhere to the bricks.

Steele said special matting or pads may be utilized at the intersection of Grace Way and North Main Street and the intersection of Grace Way and Water Street.

There is a parking issue regarding vehicles that are permitted to park along the east side of the street, Steele said, adding that parking must also be prohibited on the north side of Water Street.

Steele said that would eliminate three parking spaces on Grace Way and five parking spaces on Water Street.

White said the borugh must first receive the estimated cost of the project from EADS, and then decide if and when to move forward with the project.

The other brick street located in the borough is Dinsmore Avenue.

• Steele said there will be a contractors’ meeting about the Torrence Street widening project at 9 a.m. today at the site.

The widening project is scheduled to get underway this week.

• Steele said White has three interviews set up this week with potential candidates for the sewer vactor crew position.

Council is also looking to hire an individual as a part-time parks maintenance position for the summer.

White said council is looking at some applications provided from Career Link.

• Spring tree trimming and chipping will begin Monday.

White said the collection is for only residential tree trimming, not commercial.

Any resident who has branches from tree trimming may place them out in front of the residence for pick-up.