Work progressing on borough sewer projects

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The fall construction season is winding down as Mealy Excavating & Construction has been performing restoration work on West Mahoning Street and Horatio Street, following the installation of new sewers.

The West Mahoning Street project is completely finished, and the Horatio Street project is coming together quickly, Brian Sekula, of the EADS Group Inc., Punxsutawney Borough engineers, said at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

Sekula said the base course has been put down, and Mealy will put the wearing course on Horatio Street on Thursday.

The South Main Street sewer project has not yet begun but is ready to start very soon, he said.

Council did approve a motion for payment request No. 2 of $327,776.91 and an extension for the completion date from Oct. 5 to Nov. 2 for Mealy Construction in order to complete the storm sewer project on South Main Street.

Larry Chenoga, council president, said he wanted to participate in the final inspection of the West Mahoning Street and Horatio Street projects.

In other business:
• Sekula said he attended a pre-construction meeting at PennDOT in Indiana for the Route 119 bridge replacement project on Ridge Avenue in Elk Run.

PennDOT will be doing work this fall on the railroad crossing and the house located near the intersection with Route 310, he said.

Sekula said Palo Construction in Clarion is the contractor and has 70 days after starting the detour to have the bridge and the road completed.

In addition to the bridge, a left turn lane will be established at the Route 310 intersection, Sekula said, adding that the actual bridge construction is expected to run from June 3 to Sept. 16, 2013.

• Sekula said the FEMA levee certification is progressing and should be completed on time by the end of the year.

• The revised plans were received for the proposed Punxsutawney Primary Health Network medical building that is to be constructed on Prushnok Drive, Sekula said.

• Sekula said the Punxsutawney Area Community Center roof replacement is nearing completion by the contractor, Dunkel Roofing in Punxsy.

Also, at Monday's meeting, council:
• Approved the Home For The Holidays parade scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24.

Marlene Lellock, director of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, said the parade will follow the same route as in previous years.

Lellock said she would coordinate with Police Chief Tom Fedigan and Joe Defelice, Public Works foreman, on the details.

The parade is being sponsored by the Eagles this year, and members hope to provide volunteers to help man the barricades at the many intersections, she said.

• Approved a request from Krise Transportation Inc. that North Jefferson Street be closed from Torrance Street to School Alley from 4 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 during the Oak Ridge Boys Concert to be held at the Jackson Theatre.

• Approved a request from the Punxsutawney Rotary Club to use the bandstand in Barclay Square for the display of the annual Christmas tree and the construction of the smaller trees at ground level during the Home for the Holidays celebration.

• Approved a request from Ashley Bacha, a 2013 senior graduate at Punxsutawney Area High School, for her senior project, which would involve the restoration of a building located at Harmon Field that has been vandalized with graffiti.

Bacha said she would paint over the graffiti and plant flowers around the area, restoring it back to its original appearance.

Chenoga said she should be in contact with Defelice regarding the type of paint that is to be used on the structure.