NUANGOLA — Rich Kresge, project engineer, gave the Nuangola Sewer Authority a positive update on the progress of the borough’s sewer system at Monday night’s meeting.
“The laterals are in, most of the grinder pumps are in, the mains are installed, trench restoration has been completed, so I feel confident we’ll be done by Nov. 8,” said Kresge, who is associated with the Quad3 Group of Wilkes-Barre.
The contractual deadline for the primary contractor, Wexcon Co., to complete installation work in the borough and avoid paying a monetary penalties, is Nov. 8.
Furthermore, Kresge said, at this point only nine grinder pumps remain to be installed.
Authority Chairman Ray Shirk said that out of an estimated 400 households, “152 residences are now online.”
The meeting, however, did produce some negatives.
Treasurer Ted Vancosky said that despite the end of the federal government shutdown funding has yet to flow from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Vancosky said he was told by USDA officials that there has been a delay in receiving money.
Vancosky said he has delivered requisitions to pay invoices submitted to the authority by the Quad3 Group, Environmental I and Wexcon “but there is no USDA money yet.”
There was also a lengthy debate on the issue of sub-contractors working for Wexcon complying with contract specifications on back-filling.
Vancosky said that a couple of violations were found and the contractors had to execute corrections. Kresge said that while there have been complaints, overall, in his view, “the work has been good.”
The debate centered on material used for stone beds, and its required compaction, under the pipeline. It was proposed that digging be done for an inspection at the authority’s cost, but there was no consensus to go head with an inspection. Board member Gerard Maskinas proposed instead that the authority rely upon a review of inspector reports.
In the end, it was the view of Solicitor Robert Gonos that the matter should be discussed in executive session.
In other matters:
- A report by Vancosky that showed, following receipt of a final bill, the Doli Co. came in under budget at $1,112,917. Doli’s bid was $1,237,000.
- A proposal by Vancosky to open an operating account at 1st Keystone Bank was approved.
- Five borough residents complained about lingering landscaping and property restoration issues.
- Shirk announced that because of scheduling conflicts, the November authority meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 13.