The Lackawanna City Council on Tuesday authorized borrowing $975,000 to cover the cost of various capital projects in the city, including some building demolitions, the purchase of a new snowplow truck and playground equipment, and improvements to recreation areas.
Council President Henry R. Pirowski Jr. said there are a dozen city-owned parks and recreation areas left in Lackawanna.
Not all 12 will be updated, though the aim is make improvements to one in each of the city’s four wards.
“I don’t know if it can work out one in each ward, but what they are going to do is focus on the most heavily trafficked playgrounds,” Pirowski said after the regular business meeting.
“We separated money, not only to purchase equipment but also for renovation of playgrounds as far as basketball courts getting repaved; the soccer field, money for that to get redone. So it’s going to be a wide-ranging scale,” he said.
“We also are engaging both the charter schools and the school district to have the kids write some input as far as what they would want to see done,” he added.
About $500,000 would cover the cost of the new snowplow truck, and about $200,000 would be used for building demolitions.
The Council also approved a request by the city’s director of development to have the city clerk advertise for the demolition of some city-owned properties, including some that the city may be acquiring through its in-rem proceedings by early July.
Prompted by a letter to the Council from Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski, lawmakers also discussed some capital improvement projects that the city seeks to pursue this year, including the rehabilitation of the Rosary Avenue bridge and a street-paving project that would encompass various streets throughout the four wards that have fallen into serious disrepair.
“We had a lengthy work session on Jan. 18,” Pirowski said. “The mayor had proposed, in a previous session, passing a megabond somewhere in the range of $5 million. We decided to get together to figure out exactly what we wanted to get done and come to a cost.
“The main issue that we are trying to get resolved as quickly as possible is the Rosary bridge,” he continued. “The amount that we have now, that we were given by our engineers, is $2 million.
“We were happy that the number that we came up with is far less than the $5 million which was proposed. I believe the final number we had was around $3 million. It hasn’t been finalized yet. We going to have a work session either the next meeting on March 4 or March 18 to finalize that.”