Council approves laterals

More than 30 sewer laterals in South Williamsport borough are planned to be either renovated or replaced by the end of July.

Borough Council gave approval Monday night to advertise bids for the project, which is expected to cost up to $278,000, according to Michele Auckerman, of Uni-Tec in State College, which serves as the project engineering firm.

That amount is covered by Community Development Block Grants, however, which are used for income-eligible homeowners.

Of the 32 sewer laterals, nine are expected to be completed with a trenchless replacement process, Auckerman said.

She said the “aggressive” schedule calls for bid openings on July 1 and bid awards on July 8.

Councilman Richard Harris Jr. asked if affected streets will be paved immediately after work is completed.

Auckerman said it could be stipulated in the contract if council members agree to include that as a provision.

Councilman Anthony Mussare also asked if homeowners will be asked to sign off on the work upon completion.

Auckerman said there is a one-year warranty period on the work performed.

Council also finalized new rates for zoning hearings. The new cost will be $350 to hold a zoning hearing, up from $200.

Borough Administrator Michael D. Miller previously cited increased legal and stenographer costs for the fee increase.

After an executive session that lasted about 30 minutes, council members emerged to announce the termination of Bill Webb as borough streets superintendent.

Upon the unanimous vote, Webb stormed out of the meeting. Asked why council voted to terminate Webb, Miller said he could not provide further comment.