Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Wanted: Construction Manager for Bethlehem Tp Community Center
The community center, built ten years ago at a cost of $10.3 million, needs $2.5 million in repairs, according to Entech Engineering's Ryan Kennedy. The biggest problem he flagged is the metal roof over the facility's natatorium, where gutters were improperly sloped, leading to pockets of standing water that seep into the building.
In July, Commissioners authorized Kennedy to begin engineering on 15 high-priority projects that must be addressed immediately. Commissioners expect to appoint a construction manager in November, who will serve as Township advocate and "ensure the project is completed safely, professionally, on time, within budget, and to the highest standards of workmanship and craftsmanship."
Included among these repairs is an ultraviolet water-treatment system to reduce chloramines in the air at the indoor pool. Chloramines are a by-product of the chlorine used in pools, and causes an odor noticed in nearly all indoor pools. In addition to removing this odor, Township Manager Melissa Shafer reported that ultraviolet reduces the need for chlorine, which saves money.
In other business, Commissioners unanimously voted to minor modifications for the new McDonald's at Bethlehem Plaza, as well as entrance into the Bethlehem Plaza. They also agreed to give St. Luke's an extension until November for landscaping and other streetscape improvements along Freemansburg Avenue.
Nobody complained about the Bulldogs.
Nobody complained about stormwater.
Monday night football makes for quick meetings, especially when the Eagles are playing.