Whitehall-Coplay Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Commissioners to see remediation bids

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS Special to The Press in Local News

Municipal building in need of asbestos removal; vote is expected Sept. 9

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners will vote Sept. 9 on an ordinance to accept a proposal for the removal of hazardous materials, including asbestos, in the township municipal building.

At the board’s workshop meeting Sept. 3, commissioners discussed the plan to decontaminate the basement of the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road, which has asbestos around the pipes and in other areas. This will help the construction of the new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovation of the township building to continue moving forward.

The basement is filled with boxes of records that need to be sanitized before township personnel can go through them, according to Deputy Mayor John D. Meyers. He said the area needs to be cleaned of the files and records that are stored there before the remediation of asbestos, particulates and dust can occur.

Commissioner Joseph Marx asked if unnecessary records could be purged. Meyers said the records would be gone through after they are decontaminated and the township will keep “only what it is legally required to hold.”

At the Sept. 9 meeting, D’Huy Engineering of Bethlehem, which is providing construction management services, will present the bids for the remediation project. D’Huy wants to have the complete construction plan ready for bid by the end of November so the board can vote to advertise for bids at its Dec. 9 meeting.

Meyers said bids for remediation came in under the $100,000 estimate but would still be costly.

At the board meeting, commissioners will also vote on an ordinance to accept a bid on the contract for the collection of municipal waste and recyclables. Meyers said the township received bids from Waste Management, J.P. Mascaro & Sons and County Waste. Waste Management is the township’s current trash hauler through Dec. 31.

There will also be a public hearing on a conditional use request by United Liberty to build a special care community on a six-acre lot at 1995 Schadt Ave.

Marx expressed concern about the ability to run sewage to similarly situated properties.

Sarah Murray, township attorney, said the builder wanted to get conditional use approval before “putting time and engineering into the project.” She noted the project had already gotten zoning relief since the lot is under 10 acres.

The Sept. 9 meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the municipal building.