Lights on! Denver accepting street light bids

By on October 11, 2017

Denver Council’s authorization to advertise for bids on the Denver street lighting project was met with applause by council members and the audience at their Oct. 9 meeting.

It took the tenacious council nearly five years to reach this point. Data prepared by Suburban Lighting Consultants in Downingtown suggested possible savings of up to $50,000 per year by owning their own streetlights.

The $562,000 total coast was helped by the borough winning a PennDOT grant of $227,405.00.

The borough’s general fund allocated $84,716.00 for the project, and the intent is to borough the remaining $250,000.

In November, 2014, after over a year of negotiating with PPL to purchase their street lights, Denver continued experiencing long delays on issues relating to the sale. Council hired legal assistance from Hawke, McKeon and Snisnak, LLP, Harrisburg, to help.

The preliminary streetlight project schedule includes advertising, a pre-bid conference, receipt of bids on PennBID website November 10th and consideration of awarding the bid on November 13, 2017.

March 1st is the project’s start date, although the contract allows work to begin sooner if there’s mild weather. The project completion date is the end of August, 2018.

The finance committee’s first draft of the 2018 budget was presented. The draft budget does not include a real estate tax increase or a sanitary sewer rate increase. It does propose a water rate increase. Being discussed is a contribution to the Adamstown Area Library’s capital campaign in addition to the borough’s annual contribution.

In other business, an update was given on the Denver House Project on Main Street. The first floor of the former hotel and restaurant will be medical and dental professional offices in partnership with Welsh Mountain Medical & Dental Center. Affordable apartment housing will be on the upper floor.

Due to structural deficiencies uncovered, about ninety percent of the structure is scheduled for demolition. The exterior walls on Main Street and the Turkey Hill side of the building will remain.

“The cost savings to tear down that part of the building was put at a quarter million dollars,” said Rod Redcay, Executive Director of REAL Life Community Services, the building’s owner. “We’re approved for a $600,000 loan from Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. When we start, hopefully next summer, we’ll have 30 to 35 percent of the project funded.”

“A capital campaign is in the works and hasn’t started yet,” Redcay said. “The total project is projected to be in excess of 2.5 million.”

Borough manager, Mike Hession, reported that a meeting with representatives of the Denver Fair Committee, Park Board and Rec Board to discuss skateboarder issues and why the skatepark is closed during Fair Week and not any other recreational park equipment was not an easy meeting. The closing has to do with insurance.

No resolution was reached regarding alleged verbal mistreatment of skaters on the day after the fair closed. Discussion about this and other skatepark issues which surfaced during the meeting will continue.

The borough will install around the skatepark and take down orange construction fence during the fair week closure period. People can contact the borough, rather than the fair committee, with skatepark questions during this time. The skatepark is closed one other day during the year, when a large, harvest fellowship event is in the park.

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