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Nanticoke finances are improving

Audit shows that ‘fund balance is going in the right direction,’ accountant says.

NANTICOKE – The city’s finances are steadily improving, city council members learned during Wednesday night’s council meeting.

It was just one of the many topics discussed.

Accountant Joe Aliciene Jr. presented his findings of the 2008 city audit, stating the “fund balance is going in the right direction.”

The city showed in paperwork presented to Aliciene’s firm that the city’s assets exceeded the liabilities by $1.1 million in 2007, compared to $1.97 million in 2008. That was substantially more than the same time frame between 2006 and 2007 when the assets exceeded liabilities by only $170,000.

Council also learned that work should begin on paving three streets – West Church, West Ridge and West Noble – within the next two weeks, according to engineer Darryl Pawlush of the Pasonick Engineering firm.

Pawlush will meet with the company officials in a pre-work conference on Oct. 29 to go over any final project details.

Popple Construction of Laflin was awarded the bid when it submitted the lowest bid of $294,343. Three other companies submitted bids.

Other companies that submitted the proposals were Pikes Creek Site Contractors with a bid of $349,330, Slusser Brothers of Harrisburg with a bid of $321,924 and Robert Young Inc. with a bid of $355,843.

This project is being paid using $280,000 the city received from the state’s Community Development Block Grants and $90,000 from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

Work must be completed by Dec. 1 per the agreement the city issued in the bids.

Pawlush said since there will be money left over additional portions of West Church or West Ridge streets can be paved now or the money can be used next year on another street.

The council unanimously also approved hiring the bidders that submitted proposals for snow plow work. Bids were received from Doug Sorber of Shickshinny at $60 per hour, Paul Zaltewiz of Nanticoke for $65 per hour and CPS Direct of Nanticoke for $80 per hour. This work would be paid on an as-needed basis and all three would be called on a rotating basis. Last winter, the city also used CPS Direct, which uses a dump truck to plow the streets.

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