Contracts, Bridge Replacement Project Approved by Jefferson County Commissioners

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) —  A bridge replacement project was approved by the Jefferson County Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting.

The commissioners unanimously approved a construction contract for $211,112 with Terra Works Inc. of Clarion to replace County Bridge No. 16. The estimated cost of the bridge replacement was $250,000. Bids as high as $350,000 were received for the work.

The bridge is located over Little Mill Creek in Pinecreek Township off of Sulgar Road.

Jefferson County Development Director Bill Setree said the project will begin sometime this spring and Terra Works has 120 days to complete the job, but that is dependent on the weather.

Setree also explained that a temporary road and bridge will be in place and area residents will still be able to use the road.

The commissioners approved three legal services contracts for the county Public Defender’s Office.

John Ingros will be the Public Defender for a three-year period that began January 1, 2017, and ends December 31, 2019. His annual salary will be $85,800.

Mark Wallisch will be an assistant Public Defender for 2017. His salary is $25,500.

Scott C. Allen will be an assistant Public Defender – Juvenile for 2017. His salary will be $24,500.

Also, the commissioners approved the appointment of Bob Cherubini of Brockway to the North Central Pa. Regional Planning and Development Commission’s Board of Directors. Cherubini is replacing Steve Hoak of Brookville.

Lastly, the commissioners approved Ordinance 01-2017. The ordinance replaces and supersedes County Ordinance 9 of 1994.

At the December 27 meeting, County Emergency Services Director Tracy Zents explained that the new measure will update the HAZMAT ordinance and will help the county from footing the bill for cleanup of hazardous or toxic materials or chemicals at accident scenes.

“What it does is allow us to recover the cost of expenses for materials and apparatus that is used in the cleanup of a scene. The current ordinance was 22 years old, so it’s time to get that updated,” Zents said. “We usually don’t have problems with that, but with the costs rising to do such cleanup work, it’s important to have these measures in place.”

The ordinance also has some teeth in it, too, providing for fines and imprisonment if payment is not made.


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