AVOCA — Borough council members approved four payments regarding construction of the new borough building at their monthly meeting Thursday.
Payments include $2,740 to PennEastern Engineers for engineering and architect services; payments of $123,585.75 to Spotts Bros. Inc. for general construction and $2,8598.21 for electrical work; and a payment of $8,944.60 to LH Reed & Sons for plumbing.
Council president John Boone announced last October the new borough building would be completed by the beginning of May; however, weather and other projects have interfered with the building’s completion and construction did not begin until March.
“There were several delays with the general contractor,” said Boone. “There were various reasons why we didn’t get started in October when we wanted to. Now, the exterior is up and it’s all inspections and stuff right now with interior stuff. We’re dealing with all of the utility companies now to get things rolling.”
No new target date has been set, but Boone anticipates the building will be completed by the end of the summer.
The new building will stand on the corner of Main and Vine streets where the Ss. Peter and Paul Church once stood.
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. The council then elected to tear the church building down to make way for a new municipal building.
Also at the meeting, the council members announced the switching to LED street lights will begin sometime this month and will take roughly three weeks to complete.
In other business, the council members approved:
• Hiring part-time street department worker Kyle Patterson at a rate of $8 per hour.
The next borough council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 9 at the municipal building, 752 Main St.
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