Akron council discusses cost of pump house improvements
BY KIMBERLY MARSELAS, Correspondent
An Akron pump house damaged by heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee may soon receive several upgrades to mitigate future flooding.
Engineer Farley Fry of Hanover Engineering Associates told borough council on Jan. 14 that a multistep process to make the Nissley pumping station watertight could cost as much as $50,000. The majority of the repairs would be covered by a federal grant.
The improvements include the installation of a flood-proof access door, carbon steel duct work above roof level, the largest possible sump pump and alarms that will alert public works employees if the building does begin to flood.
During Lee, the basement and the building's first floor were swamped after power went out and a generator flooded and failed. Earlier pump repairs and a new generator were covered by a separate Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.
Fry said bids would be solicited for the new work in about two weeks, with the project taking six months to complete.
Also at the meeting, council agreed to order a 2013 Ford Interceptor to replace a 2007 Dodge Charger used by Akron police. The used Charger will be sold through Municibid and has a minimum estimated value of $2,500.
In other action, council:
n Agreed to advertise a proposed increase of tax certification fees from $10 to $30. The fees are charged to confirm that property taxes have been paid prior to real estate transactions. The new fee would stay in effect for six years.
n Appointed Marlon Jefferson to complete a three-year term on the borough's civil service commission.
n Reappointed Christine Burkholder to another three-year term on the zoning hearing board.