Brentwood officials still weighing options with borough building
By Brittany Goncar
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Discussions about whether to build or renovate the municipal building continue in Brentwood Borough.
Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to enter an agreement with HHSDR Architects/Engineers for design services for a new or renovated building. The company's bid was $270,000.
“They are familiar with our community here,” Councilman John Frombach said. “They have done a significant amount of work with Baldwin-Whitehall School District over the last 20 years. I think they understand our demographics, our tax base and what we can afford.”
One of three major construction projects started by Brentwood this year, an exact timeline has not been set, but they hope to seek construction bids within the year, borough manager George Zboyovsky said.
The borough building project is not to exceed $6 million.
An $8 million to $10 million bond would be used to finance part of the building project, a new public works facility on East Willock Road, and some renovations at Brentwood Park, Zboyovsky said.
The municipal building is nearly 100 years old and needs to be brought up to federal Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Council also voted to include Brentwood Emergency Medical Service in the future plans of the new or renovated building after considerations were made to move them elsewhere.
“It all started when a Howard Hanna sign popped up on Brownsville Road,” Zboyovsky said.
At the Aug. 13 special meeting, Councilman Pat Carnevale suggested purchasing a house located next to the current firehouse to house Brentwood EMS and potentially cut construction costs.
Brentwood EMS and the fire department met with the safety committee last Monday to discuss space requirements.
“We talked about a lot,” said Frank Caputo, Brentwood EMS treasurer. “They understand our position and the service we provide.”
The location next to the firehouse would not provide the space required to house emergency vehicles, said Frank Mihalovich, Brentwood EMS president.
The borough has housed Brentwood EMS since 1991, Zboyovsky said. The EMS is not charged for the space, but do pay for utilities.
Brentwood EMS also requested that council extend its exclusive agreement as the primary emergency care provider in the borough for another 10 years.
Solicitor Tom Ayoob stated that the agreement could not exceed two years so the new contract would end on Dec. 31, 2015.
“This is a governmental function and you don't have the right legally to bind future councils to a governmental function,” Ayoob said. “This draft that I would make, you wouldn't vote on it until January.”
�Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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