Equipment was damaged during record 2011 flooding

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PITTSTON — City Council awarded a bid Wednesday night to repair the lighting system at Riverfront Park that was damaged by flooding in 2011.

Wyoming Electric & Signal of Wyoming won the contract with a bid of $62,500. Only one other bid was received. Richard Mellow Corp. of Dickson City bid $79,775.

On Sept. 8, 2011, in the wake of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the Susquehanna River crested at 44.6 feet and the Pittston’s Riverfront Park was completely under water. All the lighting fixtures were damaged.

The repair project includes the relocation and replacement of electrical power panel supply, the replacement of six ballasts and six lamps and replacing all conduit and wires between junction boxes and 11 light poles.

City Administrator Joe Moskovitz said the electrical boxes need to be relocated to higher ground in case of another flood.

He said the city will be reimbursed with Federal Emergency Management Agency funds.

Councilman Danny Argo, who lives across from the park in the Oregon Section of the city, said he would like to see police patrols stepped up in that area. He said he often hears screaming and people smashing bottles at all hours of the night.

“If we’re going to spend this money, I think we should have police patrols down there,” Argo said. “For the safety of the people that want to take a walk down there.”

Mayor Jason Klush said he would request police look into the issue.

In other business:

• Council awarded a bid to A.R. Popple of Wilkes-Barre to repair inlets and manholes on Kennedy Boulevard and William Street.

Popple was the low bidder at $80,950. Three other bids were received: Multiscape of Pittston at $87,973; Stell Enterprises of Plains Township with $101,297; and T. Brennan Equipment of Carbondale at $125,005.

Moskovitz said PennDOT has plans to pave Williams Street, from the Pittston Bypass to Kennedy Boulevard, which will also be paved.

The work will include the replacement of various inlets and manholes located on Kennedy Boulevard and William Street in preparation of the PennDOT paving project. Moskovitz said the inlets are in disrepair and need to be replaced. Now is the time, he said, ahead of the paving project.

•Council transferred funds from one 2012 state community development block grant project, the 107 South Main Street renovation project, to the Tomato Lot lighting project, which encountered unforeseen utility issues that requires some poles to be relocated.

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