Pittston City Council members approve buyout program for flood damaged properties

By Jimmy Fisher - jfisher@timesleader.com | April 20th, 2016 8:10 pm

PITTSTON — Council members approved an agreement between the city and Luzerne County to operate a buyout program for flood damaged properties.

According to Joe Chacke, executive director of the City Redevelopment Authority, the agreement is for the city to purchase flood damaged properties throughout the city and demolish them if necessary.

Also approved at the meeting was the awarding of a $68, 352.25 bid to Pennsy Supply for improvements on DeWitt Street and Ormsby Alley.

Pittston City Administrator Joe Moskovitz said the improvements include completely repaving both roads as well as making drainage improvements to Cornella Street.

In other business, the council members approved:

• Payment of $1,022.50 to Reilly Associates for engineering services and $62,389.36 to Multiscape, Inc. for construction services for the Pittston City Streetscape Project Phase III that includes construction on South Main Street in regards to sidewalk improvements, street lighting improvements, mending fences and planting trees.

• Payment of $52,648 to Penzitta Enterprises for the Pittston City Hall Phase I Energy Savings Project for a new elevator and upgrades to the building’s electrical system.

• Restricted parking on portions of South Main Street from the intersection of South Main Street from Swallow Street to Underwood Lane and the intersection of South Main Street and Underwood Lane to the intersection of South Main Street and Frothingham Street in order to improve public safety and sight distance along the subject street and intersections.

By Jimmy Fisher


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