Fairview Township Awards Roadwork Bids

Paving will soon be underway on several roads in Fairview Township. The Fairview Board of Supervisors, at its April 5 meeting, awarded two bids, both to American Asphalt, for over $100,000 to resurface damaged roads.

The first contract issued at the meeting was for paving work to be done on North Main Street, from Gracedale Avenue to Route 309, as well as work on portions of Valley View Drive and Autumn Court. American Asphalt was the lowest bidder of eight, with a bid of $80,591.50 for the work. Other bids ranged as high as over $118,000.

The second contract is for paving on a portion of Liberty Street. Last year, Supervisor Russ Marhold noted, part of Liberty Street was paved through a grant from the Luzerne Conservation District. This year, the township will finish the project, he said.

American Asphalt was also awarded the second contract, as it was again the low bidder at $36,080.60. Eight bids were received in total and ranged as high as $55,000.

Also at the April 5 meeting, the board voted to advertise for bids for the construction of a new salt shed, to be built in the rear of the township’s municipal building. The new structure will be 24-feet wide and 40-feet deep and bids will be voted on at the May supervisors’ meeting.

The Mountain Top Hose Company answered 39 calls in March, reported its president, David Hourigan. While the township hasn’t had many brush fires, the majority of calls have been the department responding to fire alarms and motor-vehicle accidents, as well as in assisting other agencies, he said.

Fairview Police handled 249

incidents in March, Supervisor Michael Iorio stated. This includes 10 motor vehicle accidents and six thefts reported. Police investigated and recovered one stolen automobile, Iorio added, and conducted 15 traffic stops.

Township Secretary Barbara Wasiakowski read a letter to the board from a Fairview business owner who praised police for their handling of a theft situation. After calling police to