Council awards bid for paving

LEWISTOWN – Lewistown Borough Council awarded a $25,000 paving project to Jay Fulkroad and Sons Inc. for the low bid of $22,543.20 at its Monday meeting.

The first section of road to be paved is Center Street, from Spanogle Avenue to Felmlee Lane. The second section is on Center Street from Walnut Street to Spanogle Avenue. Council also selected Spanogle Avenue from Spring Street to the alley near Mount Rock Commons as a possibility, if there is enough money left to complete a third project.

Council has been working on making Rec Park a smoke-free area. Signs are being posted around the park and police will be issuing citations for those who are smoking in the park. Lewistown Police Chief Bill Herkert said the police will have a no-warning policy.

Council discussed the possibility of having one designated smoking area somewhere in the park, but no action was taken at this time.

Herkert said the borough brought in $2,400 more in May from parking fines and meters than in May 2012. He said there was a lot more collection and enforcement, and more money was being put in the borough’s parking meters.

On an unrelated note, Herkert said a virus destroyed LPD’s Internet server, but the department purchased and installed a new server using $12,000 in insurance money.

Council voted to table discussion of comp time for a borough employee until its next meeting. Council members Gregg O’Donnell and Larry Searer voted against the motion to table the topic.

Council voted to change life insurance companies from Dearborn National to The Standard. Borough Manager Connie Lucas said the price of coverage with The Standard was about half the price of the same amount of coverage with Dearborn.

The council approved a motion to authorize the appropriate officers to execute the monthly contractor requests for payments. Council also voted to approve a change order for HRI Inc. and G.M. McCrossin Inc. and authorized the appropriate officers to execute the necessary documents.

In other business, the council:

Approved a facility use application for Riverfest on June 29.

Approved facility use applications for Juniata Valley Striders Fresh Foods 5K and Goose Day 5K road races.

Approved a facility use application for Lewistown Borough Community Watch’s National Night Out held at Rec Park.

Granted free pool membership for Group Home for United Cerebral Palsy residents.

Hired a substitute lifeguard and concession stand employee for the Rec Park pool.

Approved the minutes from its regular council meeting on May 28.

Approved to pay the schedule of bills.

Lewistown Borough Council normally meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Lewistown Municipal Building on East Third Street.