Harveys Lake awards bid for stormwater project work

By Eileen Godin - egodin@timesleader.com


    HARVEYS LAKE — The borough council members award several bids Tuesday night, including a $114,400 stormwater project to Machiesky Construction LLC.

    The Stormwater Treatment Retrofit project at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission boat launch will involve installing basins designed to collect rainwater and filter out nutrients, such as phosphorus and sediments.

    Aquatic Director Fred Lubnow from Princeton Hydro told council members two bids were received for the project: $207,675 from James T. O’Hara of Covington Township and $114,400 from Machiesky Construction LLC of Jermyn.

    “We had our engineers review both bids, and they recommend Machiesky be awarded the project,” he said.

    Council members followed the recommendation and unanimously approved Machiesky Construction LLC.

    The project is funded through a Department of Environmental Protection 319 grant.

    Lubnow said he received an email from DEP stating the borough has been approved reimbursement for the stormwater basins.

    “We are waiting for the borough to receive the money; this is for the actual stormwater structures,” he said. “As soon as the borough receives that money, please let us (Princeton Hydro) know so we can inform the concrete company and they can start building the structures.”

    Lubnow said he is hoping to get the project started in September and completed in October.

    Some funds will be left over from the 319 grant which could be used to map out where Hydrilla, an aggressive growing aquatic plant, has spread in the lake and to purchase some floating islands to help filter nutrients in the lake, he said.

    Funds from the 319 grant cannot be used to eradicate hydrilla, Lubnow said. He is seeking out DEP’s Growing Greener grant to help the borough remove the aquatic vegetation from the lake.

    In other news, the council members awarded a bid to sell a 2006 Crown Victoria, a former borough police car, to Roger Dragon for $510. Other bids received were $471.50 from Joseph Reilly and $450 from William Rowe.

    The next borough council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the municipal building.

    By Eileen Godin


    Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews

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