Varied items on City Council agenda
City Council tonight is expected to review a Harrisburg-based swimming pool contractor’s bid of $42,520 to provide consulting services to design Memorial Pool which is scheduled to open in 2015.
The bid by Wade Associates received positive recommendations from the city public works and finance committees.
East End Pool is scheduled to remain open this year and then close due to insufficient funds available for the city to operate both. One plan is to use the existing pool structure at Memorial Pool and create a zero-depth entry eliminating the wading pool, said John Grado, city engineer and director of community and economic development to the city public works and finance committees.
Another plan is to look at repairing the bathhouse to following through with requirements by the Americans with Disabilities Act on handicapped access and access into the pool itself.
Council also is expected to approve the final reading of a proposed entertainment district ordinance. The districts, in Central Business District, Newberry and along portions of Washington Boulevard, will establish rules for bars and restaurants to have outdoor amplified music during specific evening hours.
Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said the districts would help promote each business that takes part and create a more lively and attractive atmosphere.
Noise levels, however, are expected to be strictly enforced by police and there are cutoff times.
City Codes Administrator Joe Gerardi wants to double the permit fee for those who don’t obtain a permit for renovation and construction of building projects requiring a permit.
“It’s mostly to slap the wrist of those who don’t get a permit and begin work,” he said. For example, if codes finds out a contractor is doing work inside a building and the permit would cost $70, the codes enforcement officer will order the work to be stopped and require the contractor to obtain a permit for $140, Gerardi said.
“Anyone can call the office to see whether their job requires a permit,” he said.
Another fee Gerardi said he wants to see added is for landscapers, educational institutions and hospitals who bring yard waste to mulch at the pile at 1500 W. Third St. to pay a one-year fee of $700.
The fee won’t apply to non-profit organizations such as churches or individuals bringing yard waste to have turned into mulch, Gerardi said.
The reason for the additional fee is it cost the city $10,000 to grind up mulch using the county machine in 2013, he said.
The requests by codes received positive recommendations by the committees for the full body of council to review.