JIM THORPE – Carbon County commissioners on Thursday tabled a $ 60,000 proposal to replace the failed heating and air conditioning system in the Communications / 911 Building in Nesquehoning.
Commissioners had questions about the prevailing wage with the proposal, and Commissioner Chairman Wayne Nothstein said they would likely need to move on to a replacement scheme as part of a declaration of urgency.
The 16-year-old HVAC system had failed two days earlier, and commissioners were hoping the weather would stay cool as the computer equipment needs air conditioning, he said.
Commissioners hope to get parts and repairs as soon as possible, but Nothstein noted concerns about nationwide supply chain problems and bottlenecks.
“Unfortunately we don’t have a backup,” he said.
The 911 dispatchers are coping with the cooler temperatures in the communications center – some better than others, he said. The concern, however, is if the outside temperature climbs to around 60 degrees, which could affect the computers.
“As long as it stays below 60, we could be safe,” said Nothstein, noting that they cannot open the windows as the building is a safe facility.
The commissioners hope to get the repair or replacement done as soon as possible and will likely ratify the measure at the next meeting on November 18th. Due to Veterans Day there will be no meeting on November 11th.
The district electoral committee met on Friday to begin the election process. The county has 20 days to confirm the election result. No date has been set for this meeting, said Lisa Dart, electoral director.
Commissioners noted on Thursday that everything appeared to be going well in Tuesday’s general election.
Nothstein congratulated the winners and expressed condolences to the losers.
In other businesses the commissioners are:
- Authorized the display of the district budget 2022.
- Appointed Cathryn Porambo by Jim Thorpe to the District Housing Board.
- Approved a service contract with Edward Business System of Wyomissing for a printer / copier / scanner for the Communications / 911 Center priced at $ 8,325.
- Approved a proposal from Johnson Controls Fire Protection of Allentown to service the fire pump system in the correctional facility’s pump house at a cost of $ 2,603 per year from September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022.
- Approved a proposal from Johnson Controls Fire Protection of Allentown for an additional electronic door lock and new motherboard for $ 3,186. The proposal includes parts, labor, and programming.
- Approved an agreement with Kristiana Mistretta of Summit Hill to provide janitorial services to the Lansford Magistrate Office at a cost of $ 250 per month.
- A motion from Commissioner Chris Lukasevich was unsupported to contract Penn Credit Corp. for collection in the bailiff’s office. The commissioners had previously had the same lawsuit until after the parliamentary elections because of the
ongoing court clerk race.