HAWLEY - A plan was approved at Hawley Council, May 10th, to allow all three blocks of Maple Avenue to be paved this year.
Aqua Pennsylvania had been doing line work and has left a temporary macadam surface.
Maple Avenue, from Keystone Street to Spring Street (two blocks) is scheduled to be paved through a federal, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The County Redevelopment Authority administers the program, which is funneled through the state.
The grant also covers the necessary engineering.
That leaves the one block of Maple Avenue starting at River Street, continuing through the intersection with Keystone.
Aqua PA has agreed to cover costs of paving that section rather than merely doing trench repairs, said Lou Cozza, who represents the borough’s engineering firm, Kiley Associates.
Ann Monaghan, Council President, explained that Kiley Associates offered to use the remainder of the $3,000 approved for engineering work on the stormwater project on Prospect Street, to cover the engineering for this block of Maple Avenue. Cozza stated that the invoice for professional services for Prospect only came to $1,275. Kiley agreed to include Maple’s engineering for paving as well, and if it exceeded the $3,000 previously approved by Council, Kiley will donate the rest.
He said he was able to use that to negotiate with Aqua PA to cover the paving for this block of Maple.
If the borough were to apply for another CDBG grant to finish Maple Avenue, the county would require that it go out to bid and the engineering cost would come out of the grant total. Monaghan noted that this could have taken a considerable fraction out of the amount.
As a result, the borough won’t have to spend any more to have all of Maple Avenue paved, other than the left-over portion of the $3,000 previously authorized for the Prospect Street engineering. Cozza noted that Kiley Associates was offering a “severely reduced rate” to the borough.
If the county had done the work, the process would have added one to two months before construction could begin.
Public meeting for 10-year plan
Following an American Legion ceremony on Park Place by Bingham Park, the parade will commence, going down Main Avenue to Church Street, then down Church Street to the bridge to drop a wreath in the river. The parade will then continue up Hudson Street, back to the park.
NOTE: MORE MEETING ITEMS ARE REPORTED IN THE WEDNESDAY PRINT EDITION.
Hawley Council meets on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, 94 Main Avenue. The office may be reached at 570-226-9545.