AVOCA — The borough council announced at Thursday night’s meeting that the new municipal building should be completed by May 8, 2016.
Council President John Boone said work will begin on Monday, and it will all depend on the winter months if the building meets the May 8 deadline.
Council members have been actively seeking a new borough building since tearing down the Ss. Peter and Paul Church that once stood on the corner of Main and Vine streets in early 2014.
The church building was closed in 2011 by the Diocese of Scranton after the congregation merged with another church in Avoca, and the building was sold to the borough for $144,000. Council then elected to tear the church building down to make way for a new municipal building.
“It’s been a long process finding funding with all these funding sources out there,” said Boone. “State Representative Mike Carroll and Senator John Blake helped us tremendously to get Local Share Account grants, and the United States Department of Agriculture helped us spearhead funding. It’s good. It was a long process to get all of this to come together.”
In other business, council members approved:
• A motion for a new billing system for annual garbage fees in which residents will pay an annual bill to have garbage collected rather than pay to have a sticker placed on their property every year.
• A motion to pay PennEastern Engineers in the amount of $1,590 for engineering and architect fees for the new borough building.
• A motion to pay Johnny Jadus Grass Cutting to trim hanging trees along Mill Creek for $3,200.
• A motion to finance $39,804 on a three-year loan with Fidelity Bank for a new police vehicle.
The next Avoca Borough Council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the borough building, 752 Main St.
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