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ANDREW M. SEDER aseder@timesleader.com



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DURYEA — Borough Council has agreed to spend $153,000 on upgrades and renovations at the municipal building. All but $3,000 of it is coming from state gaming grants the borough was awarded this year.


During a special session Wednesday night, council opened bids on several projects from roof work to security cameras and a new building entryway.


Bids came in from three area contractors: Callahan Construction, of Lehman Township; Champion Builders, of Kingston; and Bognet Inc., of Hazleton.


The bids included a base bid for work including renovations to the upper level of the borough building including both bathrooms, carpets, roof work, entryway redesign and a handicapped-accessible motorized lift for the main entrance to the upper level.


Champion had the lowest base bid at $179,426. Bognet was the next lowest at $185,200. Callahan’s base bid totalled $249,300. The borough requested a series of alternate bids for additional work in the building, including lower-level heaters, garage doors, police station carpets and a security system. It also requested a base-bid price without the roofing work.


After tallying all the options, Councilman Michael McGlynn made a motion to approve Champion’s base bid, minus the roof work, for a total price of $135,926 plus two alternate bids — one for the security system totalling $8,677 and another for 1,000-square-feet of carpeting in the police department totalling $8,397. In total, the three projects will cost $153,000.


McGlynn said that with the state grant in hand the borough wanted to get the most work done it possibly could while not dipping into borough coffers too much. The approved work accomplishes that goal.


“The carpet and the cameras are probably the better options of all the alternates,” McGlynn said.


Mayor Keith Moss said the borough never could have done so much work using only borough funds, at least not in a year-one-span.


“It’s absolutely fantastic to have that gaming money to make these renovations, especially the security system,” Moss said, noting cameras will be placed in two locations on the property and monitors will be placed inside the borough manager’s office, the mayor’s office and the Sewer Authority office.


The state gaming funds available to the borough are generated by gambling at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino in Plains Township.


The work is contingent borough engineer’s review and approval and should get underway this fall and wrap up next year, Borough Manager Lois Morreale said.


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