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Slatington pays for paving, plans sewer pump work

Published September 14. 2019 06:35AM

Slatington Borough Council approved a payment of $31,698.75 to Bracalente Construction in Northampton for the work the company did on the Fourth Street project this summer.

The project included repaving of Fourth Street from West Church to Center streets for about a block in length, as well as curb cuts, ramps and work on sidewalks.

“The bid came in under budget,” Stevens said.

The borough had received a Community Development Block Grant for about $80,000, so the borough approved a change order and added curbing and sidewalks.

Bracalente was paid $48,900 in August, and completed the work in later that month. The remaining amount was approved Monday to be paid.

“The paving was superior,” said Lawrence Turoscy, the borough engineer.

The total cost of the project was $80,600.

Turoscy said the company actually did extra work at no cost to the borough, and listened to the residents and tried to meet their requests.

“They also went out of their way to meet what the residents needed,” Turoscy said.

“They did a beautiful job,” Stevens said.

Body cameras

In other business, the council had planned to discuss placing a stop sign at the west side of Slate Alley at Center Street. But Police Chief David Rachman brought up the topic during his report and said that he knows of eight spots that could use a stop sign. He had prepared a report for the council to view later.

Rachman also told the council that he received $2,900 in a donation from Vigilant Fire Company. He would like to use that money to purchase body cameras for the officers.

Councilman Jason Ruff asked if these would replace the dash cameras in the police cruisers. Rachman said no they would keep those. He said the dash cameras only provide the view right in front of it, whereas the body cameras catch everything that is going on in front of the officer.

Rachman also said he was pleased with the work the officers did during the weekend of Sept. 7 and 8 when the Turnpike was closed for the bridge replacement. He had many officers on duty and said they were much needed due to the increased traffic.

Sewer pump rebuild

The Slatington Borough Council approved hiring PSI Inc. to rebuild one of the sewer pumps for $13,000. Wechsler said to purchase a new pump would cost $55,000.

“It’s beneficial to us to repair,” he said.

The borough uses three pumps and always has a spare pump in case one goes down, Stevens said.

The borough recently had a pump rebuilt by a different company, but there was a problem with the rebuild. The company is redoing the repair for free.

“They’re making good on it,” Stevens said, but didn’t want to name the company.

And the council voted to purchase two lever style check valves from PSI Inc. for $4,850. Those will be installed by borough personnel.

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