Carbon County continues renovation project

Kelly Monitz, Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, Pa.
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Feb. 28—Renovations to Carbon County's 76 Susquehanna St. building remain on track for completion in June, but the 44 Susquehanna St. portion of the project will continue into September, Commissioner Rocky Ahner reported recently.

Work on the second floor of the 76 building in Jim Thorpe is just about complete, he said, and the county is waiting for new furnishings.

The 44 building renovation, however, has been pushed back and should be ready the first week of September to allow for the Elections Office to relocate, he said.

The Elections Office, which was housed in the first floor of the 76 building, has been relocated to 410 Center Ave. in Jim Thorpe, Ahner said.

Anyone who needs to drop off material at the office should go to the temporary location, and people can view a map using a link off the county website,

A drop-off box at the 76 building used for mail-in ballots and other election materials is inactive at this time, Ahner said. People should mail items to the Carbon County Elections Bureau, 76 Susquehanna St., P.O. Box 170, Jim Thorpe, he said.

The post office box number is important, as the borough Post Office is holding all the mail for elections and staff retrieves it from the post office daily, Ahner said.

Commissioner Chris Lukasevich noted that the link on the county website shows the front of the building of the temporary location to help guide people to the Center Avenue site.

People should avoid the 76 Susquehanna St. location, as it is an active construction site.

The Elections Office should move to its new location in the 44 Susquehanna St. building in the fall, ahead of the general election, Ahner said.


The commissioners offered condolences to the family of former Commissioner Dean D.W. DeLong, who recently passed. He served as a commissioner from 1983 to 1995. He also served two years as county treasurer.


Lukasevich noted that the beach at Mauch Chunk Lake Park will be opening in less than 100 days, and applications for lifeguards are being accepted for the summer season.

The park director has six openings for lifeguards and applications are available through the county website.


In other business, the commissioners:

— Advertised all legal notices for the 2021 Municipal Election.

— Awarded a contract to Election IQ, Akron, Ohio, for the printing of the 2021 election forms and ballots for $32,270 with an alternate of $12,500 for mail-in ballots. The firm was the low bidder. Four companies submitted bids.

— Approved an addendum to extend the rates of a purchase of service agreement for 180 days until finalization of 2020-21 contract with National Mentor Healthcare of Broomall for Children & Youth.

— Approved purchase of service agreements for Children & Youth with Adelphoi Village, Latrobe; Chor Youth & Family Services, Reading; and Kidspeace National Centers, Schnecksville.

— Approved a three-year service agreement for the Communications/911 Center with PenTeleData for ESInet Circuit with Monroe County for $2,225/month, which is covered under the county's Statewide Interconnectivity Project.

— Approved Court Interpreter Services Grant application for language access reimbursable costs for the county courts for 2020 totaling $3,792.

— Ratified electronic execution of the agreement with the state Department of Community and Economic Development for the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program grant in the amount of $726,949.

— Approved award of a $94,570 RASA grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Victim/Witness Program with the District Attorney's Office.

— Approved an agreement with St. Luke's University Hospital to provide specimen collection, courier and laboratory testing services. Fees are on the Medicare fee schedule.

— Approved a proposal by Diversified Storage Solutions Inc., of Norristown, to purchase and install two spacesaver mobile shelving carriages with accompanying components and face panels for $6,459. The quote complies with the state COSTARS contract.

— Approved a quote from Kermit K. Kistler Inc., of New Tripoli, to purchase a 2021 Polaris Ranger 1000 ESP for use at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park for $11,690, title fee of $22.50, document fee of $80 and delivery fee of $140. Total cost is $11,932.

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