Funds will come from Community Development Block Grant Program

Last updated: October 03. 2013 11:07PM - 1999 Views
TOM HUNTINGTON Times Leader Correspondent

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SHICKSHINNY —Council was told at work session Thursday night that projects proposed under a $7.7 million Community Development Block Grant Program could be initiated in the spring of 2014.

Thomas J. Reilly, of the Reilly & Associates engineering firm, said that once his firm has the authorization to proceed, requests for bids could be sought in April and work commence in May. Reilly said that at present his firm is looking at sidewalk, street and curb restoration, as well as improvements to the Shickshinny sewer system.

Reilly also discussed the possibility of replacing the wire fencing on both banks of Shickshinny Creek with something more architecturally appealing.

Councilman Mike Steeber requested Reilly consider designing changes to the borough’s surface water drainage systems, in particular on Susquehanna Avenue, where Steeber believes a drain is “near collapse.”

Council will hold a special meeting Oct. 23 to review administrative proposals for block grant projects and approve the appointment of an administrative firm to oversee the financial aspects of the program.

At its August meeting, council decided to have the Ashburn Advisory Group of Wilkes-Barre perform administrative functions. However, council president Rosalie Whitebread said that Luzerne County officials stipulated that the borough should seeks proposals from three other firms before deciding on an administrator. Whitebread said a review of firms submitting proposals will be part of the Oct. 23 meeting.

In another area of community improvement, it was stated that Office of Community Development funds will be utilized for street paving projects that are scheduled for Butler Court, Grant Lane, Glenn Avenue and Garrison Street.

Secretary-treasurer Wendy Kramer announced that the borough has been allocated $24,653 in state liquid fuels funds.

Other matters on council’s Oct. 8 public meeting agenda include:

• The scheduling of 2014 budget meetings on Oct. 16 and Nov. 13:

• A review of quotations by ICU Surveillance of Salem Township for the installation of cameras in the borough building;

• A discussion on a request to waive $4,800 in permit fees for the Crary Park Project;

• A resolution for a multipurpose athletic field;

• An update on financing for Crary Park;

• A proposal submitted by Bukavich Heating & Cooling; and

• Action on a request by the law firm of Byrne, Newhart & Higgins of Scranton to conduct depositions at the borough building on Oct. 25.

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