Pine Street paving project closed after change order OK

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Even though the paving took place during the middle of July, the Pine Street CDBG paving project is finally closed, as reported at Monday’s Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

Borough Manager Ben White said the engineer met with the contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. about several areas of concern and completed the punch list of items.

White presented a change order for a reduction from the current contract price of $93,067.50 that was reduced by $8,857.55 to a new contract price of $84,209.95.

He said there was a reduction in the contract because Hawbaker didn’t use as much material as originally estimated.

Council also approved a motion to pay a partial payment estimate of $9,474, which completed the project.

Also Monday:

• White reported there has been very little progress in receiving an easement for the proposed West Mahoning Street storm sewer project.

He said he had spoken with a representative of the Libby Group, which owns the Punxy Plaza, regarding indemnification on any future flooding in the area of the plaza from the borough after the project was completed.

He said the borough’s position, as well as that of borough engineer The EADS Group, is that there is no way they could guarantee the area surrounding the plaza would never flood again.

The Libby Group representative would talk to the owners again regarding the easement, White said, and that the land owners of Uni-Mart have agreed to sign an easement.

• White said the Lindsey Fire Company roof construction project is complete, and the remaining 10 percent of the contract is being held for the receipt of the 20-year roof warranty for a 90 mph wind and other closeout documents.

• Police Chief Tom Fedigan said a new Ford Crown Victoria police car has arrived, while equipment such as a light bar and siren are being installed in Johnstown.

The new car should arrive in two weeks, he said.

• John J. Brown was added to the rolls of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company, and Travis Tucker was removed from the active roster of the Central Fire Department.

• Council approved a request from the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company to install two signs warning motorists of a fire station ahead. White said it is a standard PennDOT sign such as ones located near the Lindsey fire hall.

• Council approved Solicitor Timothy Morris drawing up a change of ordinance to change the speed limit in the area of the new Route 119 bridge to 25 mph.