Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Borough opens bid for Saylor Park improvements

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Coplay Borough is assessing a bid from Land-Tech Enterprises Inc. for work on Saylor Park. The bid — $827,000-plus — is in line with expectations.

Borough Engineer Daniel Witczak will review the application and ensure it meets specifications.

The competing bid was more than $1,000,000.

In other business, the borough will be getting a new server installed at the municipal building. The computer and its setup charges are $10,000. The winning bid was from John’s Computer Consulting. T-Mobile, which has a cellular phone tower atop the municipal building, will be updating the equipment.

Council, as expected, approved Paychex as a third-party vendor for all payroll and tax services. The borough is interviewing for part-time help to process payroll using Paychex’s system.

Councilman Stephen Burker reported his committee hired an additional lifeguard. The new hire allows the pool to be adequately staffed with lifeguards for opening day June 11.

“We will have an experienced crew. Five of the six lifeguards are returning from last year,” he said.

The pool is still looking for someone to staff the gate and collect entrance fees. The position is a slight change in procedure. Last year, the task was filled by a lifeguard.

“Making this a regular position will give someone who is not a lifeguard a position at the pool and relieve the lifeguards of extra duties,” he said.

Burker asked for improvements in the camera systems. The old system does not cover the entire pool area. The recreation committee received two bids.

“With one system change, we can get the pool covered. One of the cameras would be replaced with a multi-lens camera. The other option allows us to use three separate cameras and the technology is greatly improved,” Councilman Mark Molitoris said.

The base price for the change is $2,500. The newer technology adds $400 to the bill.

“I like the newer technology because it has an alert feature. If someone is coming into the pool after hours, it can alert the police to get down to the pool,” Burker said.

The Coplay Community Days committee offered to pay for half the cost. Burker will get the process moving forward.