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Public Works renovations a go

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by TRACY RICE Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The wait is finally over. After enduring years of continued disrepair at the Public Works building, which is located at 843 N. Clewell St. in Fountain Hill, council has finally approved the plans for a 40 by 70 foot addition and renovation of the current building. “I am super excited for the project to get underway,” said Jason Quarry, public works supervisor.

The M.J. Mayrosh Architecture firm has been drawing up plans for this project for several years. Council previously requested construction bids and out of the final bids they picked the bid by Bracy Contracting Inc, with the contingency that Fountain Hill council is approved for the $1.5 million loan from the bank. This would be a 20-year payback loan. Carolee Gifford, council member, said that once they got over the “sticker shock” of what this project costs, they could move forward. “It is something that we have needed to do for 10 years, but it kept getting pushed to the side with other things that came up.

No more excuses, get the process going said council member AnnaMarie Jordan. It was put to a vote and council unanimously passed Ordinance 835, which states the obligation to repay the loan. This is contingent on approval from the bank. Council President Larry Rapp, thanked everyone for their hard work on the public works building project, “This has been a long time coming.”

Currently the borough leases 940 Cherokee St., which is the fire station, but they were approached to purchase the building for $1 from Alt Realty. Scott Lipson, attorney for Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, the borough solicitors, was seeking the approval of council to end the long term lease on the building and enter into an agreement of sale and become owners of the building. It will not cost $1; there are the services of the Engineers to consider and it must go to the Planning Commission. This would tentatively close in September.

The police department is currently accepting donations for the Easter egg hunt. The Easter egg hunt will be on Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. at Stanley Avenue in the park. Registration forms are available at the borough’s police department at 941 Long St. and at Borough Hall. You will need a proof of residency to hunt for the eggs. The rain date will be Saturday, April 22. Please stay up to date on borough information by going to the website: www.fountainhill.org