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Bolivar officials accept storm drain bid

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A bid was accepted by the Bolivar Borough Council from Donegal Construction Corporation for the replacement of storm drain basins. The bid quoted a price of $54,394.80, which would be paid for in full through a Community Development Block Grant awarded to the borough from Westmoreland County.

“What I would recommend council do is approve the award of the contract to Donegal Construction, as the low bidder, for the base bid and each alternate, contingent upon the engineer's review and approval. We want to make sure he has run these numbers, because sometimes they make an error in the math,” said Solicitor Jeffrey Miller.

In other news:

• Emergency Management Coordinator Cora Jones announced that she would resign her position, effective Dec. 31. Jones wrote and delivered a formal written letter of resignation, stating that she plans to move away from the area early in 2014.

“It's not something I want to do. It's something I have to do,” Jones commented.

The tasks of an EMC involve preparing and maintaining an emergency operation plan, which is to be implemented by the elected officials of the borough in the event of a disaster emergency. This includes organizing and coordinating all municipal and available manpower, materials, supplies, equipment, facilities, and services for response, recovery, and mitigation of an emergency situation.

• Council decided not to explore the possibility of building on an area of the bureau that is currently being used as a park. Council members said they were approached with plans for an elderly housing development, but received negative feedback about the idea from residents and chose not to pursue the plan.

• Council approved the construction of a gate on the borough's athletic field, for which construction materials had already been purchased, as well as appropriations of $500 for a new copier machine, which came from the borough's liquid fuel budget, and $150 for software to update the borough's office computer, which came from the mayor's fund.

The next council meeting is 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the borough municipal offices.

Peter Turcik is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.