More estimates sought after nearly $923K price received

HAWLEY - A second opinion is being sought by Hawley Borough Council after an estimate to pave most of Church Street in Hawley came to not quite one million dollars.
The problem is the state grant they hope to receive requires a matching amount, which the borough doesn’t have on hand.
At their August 14 meeting,Councilman Joseph Fauble cautioned that the borough could not afford the 10% to 15% match without borrowing the money.
The match would be from $100,000 to $150,000, he said.
An estimate had been obtained totaling $928,945.98. The money would be used to pave Church Street from the intersection with Main Avenue, to Welwood Avenue (where Church Street ends at the bridge), or approximately 3,540 linear feet.
Badly eroded areas would receive a new base, line painting and handicapped-accessible curb ramps would be included.
“Nine hundred thousand dollars? That’s absurd,” Lou Cozza, representing the borough’s engineering firm Kiley Associates, interjected. “I can build a brand new road on virgin ground for a million dollars. That’s an insane number.”
Borough solicitor Robert Bernathy advised that the estimate be checked, agreeing that if the grant award came in high, the borough would need to seek financing to pay the match.
The grant application would be made to the state Local Share Account (LSA) which is based on gaming revenue from Mount Airy in Monroe County, and disbursed for eligible projects in both Monroe and contagious counties.
Council agreed to see an estimate from Kiley Associates, and another from PennDOT.
Council member Michelle Rojas, who was unable to attend but texted her grants report, added, “Please advise residents have been very vocal regarding this project, and we should do our best.”
She noted that it was more likely that the entire grant amount would not be awarded, which would require the scope of the project to be revised based on the dollars received and doing essential work in phases.
Hawley Council meets on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, 94 Main Avenue.