Orwigsburg Borough Council met Oct. 6 to present updates on its many projects occurring in the community.
Solicitor Paul Datte informed council that a notice to proceed was issued to MEI Demo and Excavation, Inc. for the demolition of 119 S. Liberty St. The property is a condemned home that has been an eyesore in the community for more than a year. Demolition was scheduled to begin this week, but MEI asked for an extension due to an overload of projects.
Borough Manager Randy Miller reported that a pre-construction meeting was held to discuss the paving placement of Douglas, Mifflin, Straub, and Lehigh Avenues, as well as Erb Street and Lee Court.
The storm water project on Wayne and Mifflin Streets has been delayed after an exploratory dig determined the project to be more involved than previously expected.
A field survey and base drawings for sewer replacement on Marshall Drive has been completed. The borough will review and submit for permitting upon agreement of alignment.
Projects continue on the Long Avenue culvert. The old culvert is in the process of being removed and riprap, a permanent layer of stone used to stabilize and protect soil against erosion, is being installed. Grouting and lining has been completed on the new culvert. ARRO Engineering, Orwigsburg, is heading the project.
In other business, council will review the zoning ordinance concerning historical structures after the Oct. 20 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Solicitor Datte reported that he has been communicating with North Manheim Township to design an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement ordinance. It would provide for shared services across municipal boundaries. Currently the borough has a gentlemen’s agreement with West Brunswick Township.
As required by the Working Woodlands Conservation Program, Miller has received three bids for timbering and will award bid at the next meeting. Working Woodlands aims to protect critical forests while improving private forest management, providing revenue for forest landowners and fighting climate change.
American Rescue Plan
The borough received a total of $308,000 through the American Rescue Plan. The funds will be distributed to the borough at 50% this year and 50% in 2022. Council president Rick Bubeck suggested some of the money be allotted to community organizations such as the Historical Society, the Orwigsburg Library, St. John’s food pantry, the senior citizen group and the Orwigsburg Fire Company. Council will vote at the next meeting to approve the funding.
The borough received an Appalachian Regional Commission Grant in the amount of $819,441 for work on Industrial Drive. A kickoff meeting with PennDOT and ARC will be scheduled once budgeting is finalized.
The Orwigsburg Halloween Parade is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.. Rain date is Oct. 28. Trick or treat will be held in the borough on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 pm. Rain date is Nov. 1.
Source: Berkshire mont