WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Ownership and maintenance of an access road to the Mohegan Sun Arena will get further scrutiny by the solicitor for the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority.
The road that runs from Mundy Street to the arena parking lot has been plowed in the past and recently a pothole at one end of it was filled by employees of SMG, the firm that manages the facility, said authority board member Donna Cupinski.
“Instead of using our money to repair it, we wanted to know, well, who does own it, so that we’re not footing the bill all the time,” Cupinski said at the board’s monthly meeting Wednesday.
Attorney Joseph Persico said he will do a “full-blown title search” to determine ownership. The authority acquired its 50 some acres for the arena from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund, he explained. Prior to the sale, the Fund granted adjacent property owners and its successor the right to access the road, he added.
But, Persico said, “As far as we can tell, there are no obligations for any one party to maintain that road.”
Cupinski also provided an update on the project to coat the concrete surface of the pedestrian bridges. She said she has been working on it with Tom Lawson, executive vice president emeritus of Borton-Lawson engineers and architects.
Lawson has been in contact with a representative of Sherwin-Williams and they located a coating to make the surface less slippery, but it has to be applied when the temperature is above 50 degrees, Cupinski said. “We’re going to lose that very soon,” she said.
Cupinski said it was recommended the surface be sanded down to remove the existing coating this year and apply the new coating when the temperature permits.
In other business:
• Gary Zingaretti, chairman of the finance committee, said an audit was completed on the acoustical tile installation. The audit, performed by Snyder & Clemente at a cost of $3,500, was necessary because the Local Share Account grant the authority received from the state hit the $100,000 threshold for review. The audit was being sent to the state Department of Community and Economic Development for reimbursement, Zingaretti said.
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