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Sligo Burning Issue Requires Boiler Replacement

Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 12:02 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

SLIGO, Pa. (EYT) – The Sligo Borough Authority and Sligo Borough Council both discussed a burning issue at the February meeting of both groups, but this time the burning didn’t include garbage.

Extensive coal boiler repairs were necessary for the Sligo Recreation Center, and a large unplanned bill was facing the leaders.

The Sligo Authority uses the Recreation Center for office staff, and those employees are also borough employees. While the authority has an office in the building, it does not pay a share of insurance, utilities, or property maintenance costs. Costs of their work are split between the borough and the authority.

Combustion service recently completed the necessary coal boiler repairs at a cost of $6,061.81. The company replaced the worn boiler assembly and part of the whole supply tube. They also repaired the refractory surrounding the front plate.

After discussion at both meetings, a decision was made to split the costs of the repairs between the authority and the borough.

Chuck Marsh reported that he was able to locally purchased stoker for use in the boiler at a rate of $82.00 a ton. The price includes delivery and the new service will be reviewed after a trial period is completed.

In other Authority business:
• Reviewed and accepted a proposal by Catalano to perform the 2016 audit for an amount not to exceed $3745.
• RAM Industrial Services advised the authority that it is not economical to repair the 3 hp Soutorbilt blower since it would cost only $400.00 more new than it would to repair it. Replacement blower is $1,995.00. The Authority decided to order a new replacement blower.
• Annual authority reports completed included the PA Municipal Authorities Association 2017 Membership Roster, US Census Bureau 2017 Census of Government Unit Survey, and the PA One Call System Member Database Verification.
• Portnoff Law requested additional information for collecting of delinquent accounts.
• Knox Law was contacted to inquire if there’s a simpler way to provide information to the collection agencies. The current method requires extensive computer time and paper to collect all of the data. Knox Law assured the authority that there is indeed an easier way to simplify the procedure and still provide the necessary information.

In Sligo Borough Council activity:

• Marsh said with some relief that he had not received one phone call during the month regarding people burning garbage since the last meeting.  Marsh complained last month about the number of people burning and creating toxic smells throughout town.

• The January Police Call Log included an assist for EMS, one service, alarm sounding, and traffic stops.

• Sligo Borough Request submitted for information to Harrisburg PennDOT regarding multimodal transportation fund and a grant request for a new footbridge to Sligo Elementary School.

• SR 58 Bridge improvement project will be conducted in early March, with the projected ending date of late October 2017. According to authorities, construction should not impede traffic flow, but may occur at times. CHD enterprises will hold an on-site utility meeting on Thursday, February 16.

• Accepted the resignation of Connie Graham as Sligo Borough auditor because she is unable to audit this year. Diane Conway was approved as a replacement.

• PennDOT will inspect Madison Street Bridge on May 17.

• Reynolds Logging is interested in bonding front Street extension/Short Street/Bald Eagle Street for a project. According to Sligo’s excess maintenance and bonding agreement the Sligo Borough needs to have an engineer provide the pre-inspection, any interim inspections necessary, and post inspection and give recommendations. The users required to pay all inspection fees. Gibson Thomas engineering has been contacted three times in an attempt to obtain a cost estimate to provide such service.

• All Sligo Borough officials are required to complete their state ethics reports and return them to the borough by May 1.

• Sligo Authority members attending included Chuck Marsh, Lyle Foreigner, Michelle Elder, and Dave McElroy.

• Council members attending included President Lyle Foringer, Chuck Marsh, Michele Elder, Wayne Meier, George Weaver, Sherry Laughlin, and Mayor Suzie Wyant.

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