By Jimmy Fisher
WEST PITTSTON — Council approved the motion to apply for a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant in the amount of $1 million for the Multi-Municipality Infrastructure Project.
The project will see multiple infrastructures, such as public roads and sidewalks, undergo significant upgrades in West Pittston, Exeter and Wyoming boroughs.
“This specific project I think they’re also looking to add bike trails and and more sidewalks,” said West Pittston Borough Manager Savino Bonita.
Bonita said one of the primary purposes for aligning with the neighboring boroughs is for funding and that this project goes hand-in-hand with a sewer project approved a few months ago.
“A couple of meetings ago, we did a multi-municipality agreement for sewer work on Wyoming Avenue, so this is just a carry-over,” said Bonita. “We’re cooperating, us three boroughs, and are getting along and it’s also big for funding. When the CFA board sees that there is a multi-municipality going in for one project, the chances of the award are greater than if you go alone.”
Also during the meeting, Council vice-president Brian Thornton stressed the importance of having residents sign up for the Code Red Initiative.
Through Code Red, alerts are sent to mobile devices and home phones, alerting borough residents of town happenings such as parking restrictions for street cleaning, adverse weather, emergencies and other situations.
“You can sign up one of two ways — a website or a phone number,” said Thornton. “The phone number every resident should call, if they wish to do it that way, is 866-939-0911. If you prefer to go online, it’s www.public.coderedweb.com. Again, this will alert everyone about emergencies or general messages.”
In other business, council:
• Approved to enter into three Grant Compliance Agreements with Ashburn Advisors - one being for a new West Pittston Library building, the second for the Housing Project in which all flood-damaged homes will be repaired and third for the Infrastructure Project in which all flood-damaged public streets and sidewalks will be repaired.
• Appoint Brittany Hazleton, of Delaware Avenue, to the Shade Tree Commission to fill the unexpired term of Tadd Morris, which expires Dec. 31, 2019.
• Approve and enter into a contract with the PA Chiefs of Police Association to provide testing services such as physicals, written exams and psychological exams for civil service police offers.
• Denied a handicapped parking permit for 704 Montgomery Ave., stating that there is space in the property’s backyard in which tenants can park, but approved a handicap parking permit for 214 Salem St.
• Authorize the placement officer a crossing guard on Wyoming Avenue from Monday, July 13 though Thursday, July 16 for Vacation Bible School at the First United Methodist Church.
• Awarded the low bid from Kriger Construction in the amount of $605,504 for the Disaster Recovery Project to fix all flood-damaged properties owned by the borough.
• Voted 5-2 to advertise for a full-time street department worker. Council President Jim Rose and council member Charles Alfano voted no on the motion.
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