Pittston Council to award 2 bids at special meeting


First Posted: 7/25/2013

Council will award two bids at a special meeting Wednesday night.

Repair of the lighting at Riverfront Park and manhole and inlet improvements on Kennedy Boulevard and William Street ahead of a major paving project are on the agenda.

Council will meet at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

On Sept. 8, 2011, in the wake of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the Susquehanna River crested at 44.6 feet and the Pittston’s Riverfront Park was completely under water. All the lighting fixtures were damaged.

On the Riverfront Lighting System Repair project, the bid includes the relocation and replacement of electrical power panel supply, the replacement of six ballasts and six lamps and replacing all conduit and wires between junction boxes and 11 light poles.

City Manager Joe Moskovitz said the electrical boxes need to be relocated to higher ground in case of another flood.

“We want to get them as high up as we can,” Moskovitz said.

He’s hoping the project can be done for $60,000, which would be reimbursed to the city from Federal Emergency Management Agency funds.

Another bid council will award is the catch basin project along Kennedy Boulevard.

Moskovitz said PennDOT has plans to pave Williams Street, from the Pittston Bypass to Kennedy Boulevard, which will also be paved.

The work will include the replacement of various inlets and manholes located on Kennedy Boulevard and William Street in preparation of the PennDOT paving project.

Pennsy Supply has been awarded the state paving project.

Moskovitz said the inlets are in disrepair and need to be replaced. Now is the time, he said, ahead of the paving project.

“We’re can’t dig up everything after they pave,” he said.

He said the city received four bids and estimates the cost of the project to be $80,000.

Bids were submitted to the city’s engineering firm, Reilly Associates.

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