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Last updated: March 22. 2014 2:10PM - 2676 Views
By Joe Healey jhealey@civitasmedia.com



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Now you can take your bike to the YMCA.


Pittston City Council at its monthly meeting Wednesday night approved an offer from Sickler’s Bike and Sport Shop in Exeter to install a bike rack in the parking lot behind the YMCA at no cost to the city.


The proposed spot is directly across the street from the entrance and is not used as a parking spot.


The area can also be seen from the front desk, so security is not a major issue.


The lot is owned by the city’s Redevelopment Authority which will coordinate the installation.


Also, council was notified the paving of William Street and Kennedy Boulevard was postponed by PennDOT last year, but construction at the condo site and a new Fidelity Bank planned for across the street could delay paving further.


“We’re going to need to coordinate that with PennDOT,” Moskovitz said.


In other business:


• Pennsylvania-American Water Co. will replace water mains on five city streets in the next few months and the streets will be paved after the work is complete. The streets are Prospect Place, Swallow Street, Bolin Street, Johnson Street and Defoe Street.


• The city will apply for a state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant for funding to construct the Stauffer Pointe Passive Park and Aroma Garden. The state C2P2 program funds projects that plan for, acquire, develop and/or rehabilitate public park, recreation, open space, greenway, trail and conservation areas and facilities.


• The South Main Street/Market Street traffic signal bids were opened and Northeast Signal and Electric Co. of Factoryville was awarded the contract for a base bid of $144,510. The project should be complete by Aug. 14.


• The city voted to abate back taxes, penalties and interest for three properties owned or being obtained by the city’s Redevelopment Authority. The properties are the LaBarre’s building at 8 N. Main St., a property at 307 S. Main St. and a double-block home at 289-291 S. Main St.


• Council appointed Jospeh Rogo of Front Street, Pittston, to a 4-year term on the Act 45 Building Hearing Board of Appeals. Also, Todd Miller of North Main Street, Pittston, was appointed to a 4-year term as an alternate member. Both terms begin immediately and end on June 30, 2018.


• Council voted to apply for a PennDOT Transportation Alternative Program grant. Moskovitz said there is $25 million available statewide for enhancement projects, such as the city’s ongoing Streetscape Project on Main Street.


• The city voted to purchase a 2015 Hino 268 10-yard compact refuse collection vehicle for the Department of Public Works. The cost is $97,309 and will replace another waste collection vehicle in the DPW fleet. Once this truck is in place, the city plans to move forward with single stream recycling.


• More than 10,000 people attended the city’s relaunch of the Pittston St. Patrick’s Day Parade tradition.


• Pittston will host the Pennsylvania Municipal League’s Northeast District meeting on April 9 at The Open Space.


• The city unveiled its updated website, pittstoncity.org, on Monday.


“It’s a significant improvement to the old site,” Moskovitz said. “It’s far more interactive.”


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