Sutersville council approves contract for termite treatment
Sutersville Borough officials took the first step last week on the path to exterminating the termites in the Sutersville Municipal Center's kitchen, but now must await the Sutersville Fire Department's decision later this month to join them in the effort.
Borough council voted on Oct. 8 to award a $3,485 contract to Terminix International Co. Ltd. of Memphis, Tenn., to spray the entire building to eradicate termites, pending the Sutersville Fire Department's approval of the same contract. The fire department's approval is necessary because the fire department, which also uses the municipal center as its fire hall, shares a building fund with the borough.
The fire department will vote on using the building fund to pay for the termite extermination services when it meets on Oct. 28, said Mike Manley, Sutersville assistant fire chief.
“We have the building fund and it is for these kind of issues,” instead of taking the money from the borough's budget, Manley said.
Terminix will charge $249 annually for its service plan, which includes building inspections every six months, said Valerie Converso, borough secretary.
Cook Exterminating of West Newton offered to spray the entire building for termites for $3,500 and monitor the structure for termite activity. But, it said it would not know until the spring whether the spraying to kill the termites was successful, Converso said.
Ringbloom and fellow council members Jaison Marshall and Edward Marvich Jr. had reviewed the bids from the pest control firms.
Cook was not as specific in describing its warranty or its service plan, Marshall said.
Ringbloom and his fellow council members decided it would be better to have the pest control service spray the entire building, rather than just the kitchen, where the termites have been found.
Exterminators that inspected the 55-year-old building, which was originally built as an elementary school, found the ground termites underneath the structure, as well as in the kitchen, borough officials said last month.
Terminix would charge $480 for spraying only the kitchen, while Cook would change $500.
“If we do just that part of the building, we might push the termites from there into the other part of the building,” Ringbloom said.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-836-5252.
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