West Pittston Council waives pave cut fees for water line installation project

By Jimmy Fisher - jfisher@timesleader.com | August 5th, 2015 4:31 pm

WEST PITTSTON — Council members approved Aug. 4 to waive pave cut permit fees for Pennsylvania American Water Co. (PAWC) for the installation of new water lines on Blackman Street.

Borough manager Savino Bonita explained the borough is waiving the fees in exchange that the water company pave the entire length of Blackman Street from curb to curb, rather than just the specific areas where work is done.

“The water company is proposing to install a new water line and, normally, when they do work on the streets, they are required to submit an application and obtain a pave cut to cut the road up,” Bonita said. “They then pay a fee per square footage of the area they cut up. The water company is requesting that we consider waiving the pave cut permit fees and they would do the overlay of pavement from curb to curb.”

The borough council also approved certifications to draw funds and authorize payments in the amount $3,287.50 and $2,950 to Ashburn Advisors for the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Infrastructure Project.

The infrastructure project will include repairs to flood-damaged streets, sidewalks and sewers in West Pittston.

In other business, the council members approved:

• The motion to authorize Atty. Mark Bufalino to draw up a proposal to close the streets from 215 Washington St. to Exeter Avenue from 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 to accommodate for a community gathering at the Loyal Order of Moose.

• The motion to accept and award the amount of $4,995 to M. Mayo Striping for the painting of crosswalks and stop bars.

• The motion to authorize council president Jim Rose to sign the Northeast Land Bank Authority contract in which West Pittston was awarded a $100,000 Local Share Account (LSA) grant to be divided equally amongst the boroughs involved in the Northeast Land Bank Authority.

The next borough council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the borough building, 555 Exeter Ave.

By Jimmy Fisher


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