Parking garage foundation, flood levee engineering, facade programs funded

City Council voted Thursday night to spend $3.8 million on a contractor to build a pre-cast foundation at the former Mid-Town deck site in preparation for the start of the Trade and Transit Centre II, a 225-space parking garage at West Third and Laurel streets.

While the garage demolition is taking place, council approved the contract with Newcrete Products for $3.2 million. The company did the same kind of work at the Church Street Transportation Center, a 300-space parking garage and transit center at 11 Church St. Council also approved a contract for $558,000 submitted by Poole Anderson Construction.

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said Friday he was in negotiations with two restaurant chains and said lower-level space of the garage could be leased out for commercial purposes.

Also, council:

Approved the engineering proposal of AMEC Engineering and Infrastructure Inc., of Plymouth Meeting, in the amount of $261,180 as part of the process to complete the flood levee certification with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The work on the levee is in the city and segments of South Williamsport, Old Lycoming Township and Loyalsock Township.

Authorized a grant application to the state Department of Community and Economic Development for $50,000 to go to the Newberry Elm Street Facade improvement program. The grant requires a 10-percent match or $5,000. The city will contribute that amount from a commercial facade program.

The waiting list for the program is mostly for commercial properties, so the city is able to use that money, according to John Grado, city engineer and director of community and economic development.

Rejected what it considered to be too high of a bid by a company that wanted to paint the underside of the grandstand at Bowman Field.

Set minimum funding requirements for the city pension and said the minimum municipal obligation for the city is $3.6 million for 2014.

Pensions are broken down into $1.4 million for police, $1.5 million for the Bureau of Fire and $730,374 for officers and employees.