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At Wednesday’s meeting, the Jonestown Borough Council unanimously agreed to reject the $120,899 bid from Construction Master Services for the George H. Kaufman Community Park playground improvement.

Last month, the council opted to wait to act on the bid due to it coming in significantly over budget.

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Only one bid was received, likely as the borough only sought bids very late into the construction season, it was noted. The council plans to rebid the project around September or October, with construction to take place next spring.

While last month the council was uncertain whether a DCNR grant awarded to the project would still fund the project if postponed, engineer Lee Strause confirmed Wednesday that the grant is valid until 2025.

Prior to rebidding the project, the engineer will determine what parts of the project can be done in-house by the borough. This may cut down on associated costs.

In other news, the council:

  • Heard a report from Mayor Joe Quairoli, who noted that he received a cost estimate totaling $718 for a barricade and 10 pieces of signage for the State Route 72 Bridge Closure Project, which has construction estimated to start spring of next year. Quaroli will look into other cost points for signage and the possibility of borrowing a barricade from another municipality.
  • Unanimously agreed to purchase 50 “Did you Know” booklets for $339 total to be sold by the borough. Secretary Joan Keefer noted that last time booklets were purchased, the cost was $333 for 100 booklets.
  • Unanimously agreed to award end-of-year bonuses of $200 each to the five school crossing guards. Bonuses would normally be $100, but they are missing a December bonus.
  • Opted to move discussion on a proclamation of Oct. 13 as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day to their next workshop.
  • Heard the engineer’s report.
  • Unanimously approved the June 6 meeting minutes.
  • Unanimously approved the June treasurer’s report.

Jonestown Borough Council meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at 295 S. Mill St. The next meeting will be held Aug. 1.

These meetings are open to the public and do not require prior registration.

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Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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