Council clears up some loose ends

Streetscape work in Youngsville is about to begin, but the borough is busy clearing up a few details prior to the project starting.

At Monday’s meeting of Youngsville Borough Council, a construction administration contract with EG&G Inc., the engineering firm on the project, was presented. Council had hoped to sign the agreement Monday, but opted to take time to review the contract, as it wasn’t received until the day of the meeting.

Acting Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg told council that providing office space for the project construction inspector, rather than having contractors bring in a trailer during work, would save the borough up to $7,400. Office space must include fax, phone and internet access. Council decided to pursue usage of space in the Freeman Building if possible to house the inspector.

Council gave approval for water line work to proceed into nighttime hours, which will reduce or eliminate street closings throughout the day. Work is tentatively scheduled to run from approximately 6 or 7 a.m. until approximately midnight or 1 a.m. for a period of three to four weeks.

Council was alerted to an issue with electrical subcontracting work on the project.

Project grant funding is not eligible to cover costs incurred by the electrical subcontractor EG&G utilized on the project.

While electrical engineering work is completed, the borough can opt to use a new, PennDOT-approved subcontractor, which may significantly delay work, or pay between approximately $6,500 and $7,500 to cover fees associated with the non-approved contractor.

“If PennDOT doesn’t approve it, why isn’t EG&G finding another contractor?” council member Eric Mineweaser asked. “Why is it our responsibility and why is it our job to find this $7,500?”

“They’re (EG&G) the ones who chose them,” council member Robert Olsen pointed out.

Council took no formal action on the matter.