Posted on March 12, 2021 at 10:55 am
Slatington City Council authorized its engineering firm, Lehigh Engineering, to solicit bids for this year’s Community Development Block Grant project. The project includes repairs on Church Street from First Street towards Walnut Street.
District manager Daniel Stevens said the project would be advertised soon and the district would like to get the job done this summer or next fall.
“We’ll do it as soon as we get it,” he said.
The work will consist of repairs and could include repairs to curbs, sidewalks, drainage and needed improvements to the storm sewer and catch basins, Stevens said.
The council also approved the submission of two applications for a Community Development Block Grant for road projects in 2022. Only one grant can be awarded, but the district applies to multiple projects so they may receive support for one of them.
The two projects consist of East Franklin Street from Main Street to Second Street. And the second project is South Street from Second Street to Fairview Avenue.
“It has to be done urgently,” he said.
The council also approved the award of the sludge haulage contract to its current haulier, Biros Septic and Drain Cleaning Inc., based in Zion Grove. The contract runs from 2021 to 2024. Biros has eight locations in the Eastern Pennsylvania region and serves 14 counties.
The rate is 7 cents a gallon, but they move between 5,000 and 6,000 gallons almost every week, Stevens said.
“This rate is better than what we currently have,” Stevens told the council.
Stevens went ahead with the treatment plant, saying it switched the process from aerobic bacteria to anaerobic bacteria. He therefore reckons that the amount that has to be carried away will be less than before.
The district has started working with the Lehigh County Authority to inspect the sewage collection system by running a camera through the underground pipes and testing for leaks.
Stevens said the first thing they do is spray the pipes with water, then look for fresh water leaks in the pipes and illegal connections. Work started on Monday and is expected to take two weeks.
Council Chairman Bryon Reed said they covered 1,500 feet in one day.
“It looks good,” he said. “It looks like it was just set up.”
That section of pipe was installed around 2009, Stevens said. Different sections of the route are checked every year.
The cost of the inspection is $ 20,000 per year and is budgeted.
At the district’s water treatment plant, the city council awarded the media replacement project to Roberts Filters in Coatesville and will cost $ 104,500.
It includes the replacement of the media and wash arms as well as any expected repairs to the two filters in the water treatment plant.
Each filter is roughly 18 by 12 feet, Stevens said. The media used to filter the water are made of anthracite coal, which was installed 25 years ago. The project has been going on for about 10 years, he said.
“The State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants this to be done,” he said.
In other stores
The council welcomed its newest member of the police department. Christopher Pfortner was sworn in on Monday evening during the meeting of Mayor Walter Niedermeyer.
Pfortner has been hired as a new part-time officer and will start at $ 19 an hour. Stevens said the wages for part-time officers will rise to $ 21 an hour on April 1.
The district is hosting some upcoming events.
An electronics recycling day will take place on April 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the district garage for residents only.
The spring community yard sale will take place from May 14th to 16th. A community yard sale will also take place in autumn from September 10th to 12th.