Mechanicsburg is honoring two longtime employees who are retiring at the end of the year, as well as laying plans for upcoming streetwork.
At Tuesday night’s borough council meeting, council president Rodney Whitcomb presented Dan Andrick with a plaque bearing a resolution that council passed last month to honor his 38 years of “diligent and devoted” service to the borough. Although Andrick currently is a public works maintenance employee, he previously worked at the borough’s wastewater treatment plant during his tenure.
“We’re going to miss you buddy,” Whitcomb told Andrick. “You’re a good man.”
Also on Tuesday, borough council passed a resolution honoring Sewer Authority Mechanicsburg manager Ron Adams, who also is retiring after 30-plus years with the borough. Although Adams and Andrick both are retiring at the same time, borough council is awarding their honorary plaques on separate dates. Adams is scheduled to receive his at borough council’s Nov. 7 meeting.
“We wanted to give each of them their own time,” borough manager Roger Ciercierski said.
Also on Tuesday, borough council authorized municipal officials to advertise for contractor bids for the Edgewood Drive Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project. The project will involve placing slip lining on some of the existing sewer pipes due to infiltration issues, Ciercierski said.
In a related matter, the borough plans to advertise for contractor bids for installing new curbs and sidewalks in the area of the South Market and West Marble streets’ sanitary and storm sewer repair project that’s coming to a close. Bid opening is scheduled for Nov. 17, with council expected to finalize bids on Nov. 21. Curbs and sidewalks in the area are slated for installation in March 2018, Ciercierski said.
As a result, PennDOT has delayed planned roadwork in the sewer repair area until January 2019. The state project involves paving South Market Street from Simpson Street to the borough line, and West Marble Street from South Market to South York Street.
In other news, borough council gave a go-ahead to the Mechanicsburg Recreation Board to host a benefit concert on Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. at Mechanicsburg Middle School. Proceeds will fund amenities for the Mechanicsburg Area Community Pool.
“This is one way they can bring new things to the pool without using taxpayers’ money,” said council member Mark Stoner, who is the borough’s recreation board liaison. Stoner said new items like the Aqua Zip’n installed there in 2017 help to attract pool patrons.
Also, Caitlin Eng was appointed to fill a vacant recreation board position for the remainder of this year and a subsequent five-year term through Dec. 31, 2022.