Clarks Summit over budget for paving project

First Posted: 1/29/2015

CLARKS SUMMIT — Borough council will vote at the regular council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 5:30 pm., moved from its regular day and time, on a bid to pave multiple streets in the borough this year and to pass numerous ordinances.

At the council work session meeting Jan. 27, council heard the bids for road paving. Wayco Construction had the lowest paving bid at $609,662.83, and Sikora Brothers Paving had the highest bid at $1,011,900.

“We budgeted $550,000, so the bids came in a little high,” said Borough Manager Virginia Kehoe.

Roads expected to be paved in 2015 include: Ashmore Avenue, Barbara Drive, the alley off Bedford Street, Carteret Drive, Nelson Street from Colburn to Ashmore, Old Post Road, the 100 and 300 blocks of Stone Road, Gentilly to the borough line on Sturbridge Road, Bissell Street from West Grove to Knapp, Division Street from Woodlawn to Electric, Gentilly Drive from Crestwood to Deadend, and Knapp Road.

The paving schedule is to be determined, and is difficult to give notice to residents because it changes so frequently due to weather and other conditions, according to Kehoe. Council members suggested the borough try to make weekly updates on the borough’s website on when and where paving begins.

Council heard bids for financing a new DPW vehicle for the borough as well. The lowest rate for financing the truck at cost was Landmark Community Bank at 1.54 percent, and the highest was 2.9 percent from Honesdale National Bank.

Council member Vincent Cruciani asked council to consider paying for the interest on the DPW truck out of capital reserves in order to offset some of the cost from the general operating budget.

“We just found out today we are $60,000 over budget for the paving, so if we can use different methods to defray costs logically it will at least give us a little latitude to work in areas where we go over budget,” Cruciani said.

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