SAXTON — Saxton Borough Council tabled a bid for timbering around Putt’s Hollow Reservoir during its meeting April 15.

Pending a legal opinion from attorney Brad Allison, Saxton Borough Council on April 8 tentatively awarded a bid of $180,000 to Shady Hill Hardwood to cut a tract of timber around the borough’s Putt’s Hollow Reservoir.

Council participated in a telephone conversation with Penn Forestry Management forester Luke Parr, who indicated the winning bidder, Dachenbach Sawmill, agreed that due to some math miscalculations, the bid should be rejected. Parr said Dachenbach agreed to pay the borough $5,000 to make up the difference between the two bids.

Council President Lester Meck suggested council delay any action on the matter until consulting with Allison. Other members agreed.

Council agreed to spend $21,895 to replace an aging computer and hardware system that operates its community water system.

Meck said the action came as a result of a recent visit by state Department of Environmental Protection officials. DEP officials, according to Meck, said the borough’s computer and hardware programs were insufficient to collect pertinent data from the borough’s water treatment system.

Council, continued Meck, solicited a bid for a new computer system from the Pall Corp. for $23,000 without software. The price was later scaled back to $16,915 without the software and $21,895 with it.

Members also agreed to spend $11,500 on a completely new water meter reading system. Meck spoke with LB Water System personnel, describing problems the borough was having with its aging meter reading system.

LB personnel stated they had a brand new system similar to what the borough was hoping to retire and would like to move it from their shelves. Meck said it was fortunate for the borough to be able to purchase a new system similar to what it was utilizing.

Borough maintenance supervisor/water employee Brian Wills informed council that water employees got a handle on some water leaks plaguing the borough’s water system. One of two leaks was discovered in the Candy Factory Apartments and leaked 50,000 gallons a day for about six weeks before being discovered.

Another leak was discovered and repaired at an East Saxton location. Wills said it was losing about as much as the Candy Factory leak.

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