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Work Started on Susquehanna Court House Steps


The crumbling steps and sidewalk in front of the courthouse  are getting a facelift. The whole area is made up of bluestone, and it is constantly crumbling either through natural causes (freezing/thawing) or by vehicles hitting part of it, especially the steps on the side closest to the Green.

At the commissioner’s June 8 meeting, a proposal from TIMZ Construction Co., Kingsley, was approved to remove the sidewalk and sub-base, and replace that sub-base and sidewalk, plus repair two sets of steps onto Maple Street. The cost is $9,300.

At earlier meetings, questions about the disrepair were answered with information about the commissioners looking into it, plus some work was stalled due to litigation issues. The Monument Street Paving project also got a go-ahead. This is for the parking area and pavement at the top of the Green. The lowest qualified bidder, Bothar Construction, LLC, Binghamton, was awarded the bid amounting to $31,630. Funding will be through liquid fuels monies.

An additional $6,500 will be spent on an amendment to the contract with Mid-Atlantic Solid Waste Consultants. The original contract was approved recently, and this additional work is “outside the scope of the original contract regarding work for the Solid Waste Plan.” It was explained that the county is having problems with haulers, requiring conference calls and meeting, which the amended plan and money will cover.

An agreement with Eastern Xerox for purchasing a Konica Minolta copier with a Jamex System for $8,668 and an equipment maintenance and supply agreement for $360 per year was authorized. This copier is being purchased for historical records and paid for with Records Improvement Fund monies. Pricing is state contract pricing.

In personnel matters, Beverly J. Bennett’s resignation from the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board was accepted, and Thomas Syle, Montrose, was appointed to that board effective June 8 through September 7, 2013. A reappointment was made to the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau. Dennis Maloney, Maloney’s Irish Sports Pub and Family Restaurant, will continue in this slot for the term July 1 through June 30, 2013.

Two more authorizations were given for the current fiscal year ending June 30, for purchase of service agreements between the county’s Children and Youth Services and Youth Services of PA in Jim Thorpe and for Children’s Home of York. These services are per diem at $145 and $66.05 respectively, and are used on an as-needed basis. Their late authorizations, along with many others that have trickled in, were due to state regulations changes.

Approval was given for signing of the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Commission on Drug and Alcohol Provider contracts for fiscal year 2011/2012. Of the approximately $1.5 million, the total estimated match for Susquehanna County will be $14,292.  

Skywarn Training

During public comment time, it was announced that a SkyWarn training class will be held on June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Susquehanna County Office Building meeting room in the lower level. SkyWarn is a system where local volunteer “spotters” make local severe storm warning reports to the Binghamton Weather Bureau, which covers several counties, including Susquehanna. Local spotters can identify problems that radar can sometimes miss, thereby allowing the weather bureau to announce problems that could be occurring so that others in the path of severe weather can prepare for them. Interested readers may register to take the free course by contacting Eric Heden at bgm.skywarn@noaa.gov.



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