Kingston Township supervisors revoke DCNR grant writing, saving $20,000

By Eileen Godin - | April 13th, 2016 10:05 pm

By Eileen Godin

KINGSTON TWP. — The township supervisors rescinded a resolution to pursue a DCNR grant application to purchase a parcel of land neighboring the Center Street Park Wednesday.

The goal announced last month was to research purchasing a lot of land behind the playground and field to expand the amenity.

The supervisors’ decision to revoke Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources from writing the grant saved the municipality nearly $20,000, said James Reino, chairperson of the Kingston Township supervisors.

“It would have cost the township $40,000 to have DCNR write the grant,” he said. “If we have Barry Isett & Associates write the grant it will cost about $20,000.”

Supervisors also appointed Barry Isett & Associates Inc., Forty Fort, to create a Recreation Master Plan to expand the recreational area.

“We will need a master plan in place to apply for a DCNR grant later,” he said.

In other news, the supervisors award a bid for a Drainage Improvement Project for Bunker Hill Road to American Asphalt in Shavertown. American Asphalt’s bid was $113,438.

Timothy Sisock, a project manager with Barry Isett & Associates Inc., stated in a letter to the supervisors, “We reviewed their (American Asphalt’s) bid and found their bid to be responsive. In addition, we reached out to several references they have submitted for past completed jobs. We encourage the township to review the bid packages.”

Five other bids were received from the following companies:

• Brdaric Excavating of Luzerne, $154,799.48;

• The H&K Group of Hazleton, $151,459.00;

• Sikora Brothers Paving of Hunlock Creek, $222,000.00;

• T. Brennan Heavy Equipment of Carbondale, $322,100.00; and

• Stell Enterprises Inc. of Plains Township, $114,738.00.

Also, supervisors appointed Samuel Van Horn of Dallas as a new police officer. According to records from the Lackawanna College Police Academy, Van Horn graduated in May 2014.

Supervisors announced the township’s annual spring yard waste/bagged leaf pick-up will be held from April 18 through April 22.

A spring cleansup is slated for May 2 through May 7. Coupons for the cleanup will be available at the township offices from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The next monthly meeting of the Kingston Township supervisors will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 11 in the municipal building.

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