KNOX - The EADS Group engineer Marty English Oct. 7 updated Knox Borough Council on plans to upgrade its water system.
The plan calls for new generators at the borough's water plant and two wells in Beaver Township.
English said final designs for the generators and wells would be ready with included contract documents the following week and would be available for council to review for potential approval during its November meeting.
"If it's good, we'll go for bids probably by the December meeting," English said.
English said there are plans to replace the cabinet for the electrical equipment found at one of the wells.
"We brought Penelec in to get some issues resolved and to make sure we were going to put stuff in correctly," said English. "They made us aware of a few items that need to be upgraded in order for us to work on those electrical services. We have to incorporate a few of those items in order to put these generators at each location if council elects to do it."
English also told council while he believes the borough's water treatment plant had undergone upgrades in 1996, nothing had been revamped in regard to its electricity operations.
"It's by no means up to code now and we need to do a few items to bring that up so to speak," said English.
English said currently at the plant, three-phase electric power comes in, drops under the eave of the building and then into meters located inside. He noted requirements dictate an electric service mast must be located above the roof where the electricity comes in.
"The electric has to come in about eight feet above a roof line, not underneath the roof line," English explained. "The meter has to be on the outside of the building, not the inside. They wouldn't have allowed that back in the 90s let alone now."
English said Penelec reps have told him upgrades can only be made if the electrical services are brought up to code.
"For your protection and long-term peace of mind, I think it's better to bring this stuff into compliance with what's going to make long-term viability to the system," English said. "It'll cost some money, no doubt. But I think in the long run it'll be something you'll be satisfied with. You won't be questioning yourselves next year on why you didn't spend the extra few bucks to get it done."
The totality of the work to the plant's electrical services would be expected to take just under a few hours and take place next year.
Council president Jack Bish and council member Carl Salser agreed the changes should be made, with Salser noting he believed doing nothing would present a safety issue.
"That's exactly what it is," answered English. "That's why they want three-phase power way up in the air, so nobody runs into it."
In other business:
lSalser provided copies of a quote received from Messenger Contracting regarding the replacement of six windows in the borough building.
The $8,550 quote included the replacement of windows in the building's meeting room, main office and bathroom.
Salser said Dan Messenger of Messenger Contracting told him it would be possible to replace the windows prior to the onset of cold winter weather, since the windows would also need to be resealed from the outside.
Council approved a motion to accept the bid to replace the windows.
lSalser told council the borough's police chief Joab Orr and officer Jason Bowen had been invited by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to attend a four-day, all expenses paid training seminar in New Mexico.
The training deals with explosive devices and to show law enforcement officials how to determine if a suspicious item is dangerous. The training also provides insight into the amount of damage particular devices can cause, as well as education on school bombing protocols.
Council approved the officers' attendance to the training seminar.
lSalser told council he was concerned about the sight of drivers traveling onto Main Street coming from the post office.
Salser said vehicles parked nearby can prohibit the sight of drivers attempting to see if traffic is coming down the street.
"If you're coming from the post office up, you have to go clear out almost in the middle of the street to see if anybody is coming down," Salser said. "I've almost been hit there twice in the last two weeks. You can't see a car coming."
Salser said he would like to see if council would think about eliminating one of the parking spaces on the street. He said extending a yellow line that bans parking there and runs from the curb out could curtail having to pull so far onto the street.
Council member Tom Goble noted potentially limiting what types of vehicles can park at the end of the street could also rectify the issue. Police chief Orr said a sign indicating only compact cars could park in the spaces may also be a viable solution.
"You could put one of those contoured mirrors on the other side too," Orr added.
Council did not make an official decision on the matter during the meeting.
lCouncil approved a motion to maintain its ten mill real estate tax rate for 2020.
lCouncil approved the borough's Halloween trick or treat to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Council's next monthly meeting is set to take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4.