The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

October 15, 2012

New library 5 months overdue; contractors face $180G penalty

SELINSGROVE — Builders of the structure that will house Selinsgrove borough offices and the new Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library when it opens Nov. 13 could face up to $180,000 in penalties for failing to complete the work by June.

Borough Manager Paul Williams said a penalty clause in the $5.9 million building contract allows the borough and library to collect $1,200 for each day that construction runs beyond the May 31 deadline.

The building is nearly complete, and a grand opening is scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 13, but it’s more than five months late and the potential penalties “are significant,” he said.

Pam Ross, executive director of the Snyder County Libraries, which already has raised nearly all of the $3.6 million construction costs of the new library, said the library board will meet with the Borough Council to discuss the issue.

Williams said officials have not done a full accounting for what may be owed in penalties, as well as the added expense of having to continue to pay Harrisburg architects E.I. Associates and clerk of the works Greenfield Terrace, of Pittsburgh, to oversee the project.

“Our thought is that it would be a shared responsibility” of all the contractors involved in the project, Williams said, adding, “I’m optimistic we can come to an amicable resolution.”

As of Monday, the potential late penalty owed by general contractor Palmer Construction, of McConnellsburg, and subcontractors Matchline Mechanical, of Ephrata, LTS Plumbing and Heating, of Paxinos, and Tra Electric, of Watsontown, is about $162,000.

Bill Palmer, president of Palmer Construction, did not return a call for comment Monday.

Borough Council President Brian Farrell said the council plans to review the bills once the project is complete and couldn’t say whether the contractors would have to pay the full penalty, plus added expenses related to the five-month construction delay.

A commercial contractor with 35 years of experience, Farrell said he doesn’t know of any building project that has been finished by the scheduled date.

He said some of the delay with the municipal building and library was due to issues out of the contractors’ control, including Tropical Storm Lee, which hit in the fall of 2011 just as the work got under way. It caused problems with on-site well drilling.

“There are always issues with construction. The main thing is the building is done right, and it’s beautiful,” Farrell said. “I think we got our money’s worth.”

Meanwhile, as the finishing touches are done on the interior and exterior, borough and library officials are moving furniture, shelving and books into the new building this week.

The temporary library at the former Jackson-Penn Elementary School on Route 204 will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, though the book drop-off will remain open. Community libraries in Middleburg, Beavertown and McClure also are open to the public.

1
Text Only
News
  • Fatal24 Danville woman dies as logging truck crushes car in Valley Township

    DANVILLE — An 84-year-old Danville woman was killed when her car and a logging truck collided Wednesday afternoon at Routes 642 and 54 in Valley Township.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rabbi Conflict in Israel grounds Sunbury rabbi

    TEL AVIV, Israel — While the Israelis and Hamas traded rocket and missile strikes for a 16th day, Rabbi Nina Mandel is struggling to find her way back to Sunbury after the FAA on Wednesday announced that it would extend its ban on travel at Ben-Gurion International Airport for another 24 hours.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Docs: Fractures helped save rock victim's life

    DANVILLE — Sharon Budd’s condition is progressing nearly a week after a 13 1/2-hour procedure in which a team of surgeons rebuilt her facial bones and removed a damaged part of her brain, said two Geisinger Health System physicians who are part of that team

    July 24, 2014

  • Magistrate judge sides with Warrior Run

    WILLIAMSPORT — A federal magistrate judge says he agrees with a hearing officer that a Warrior Run student does not need special-education services,

    July 23, 2014

  • Inaugural Lewisburg BrewBQue Musical Festival is Saturday

    LEWISBURG — Not a beer fan? Not a problem. This Saturday’s inaugural Lewisburg BrewBQue Musical Festival, taking place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Market Street from Sixth Street to the Susquehanna River, welcomes brew lovers, barbecue fans, dancers in the street and little tykes alike with an array of events and offerings, organizers said.

    July 23, 2014

  • Decision coming on police shooting of city man

    SUNBURY — Brad Hare, the city’s former acting police chief, will learn by Friday whether he was justified in shooting a city man earlier this month, Northumberland County District Attorney Ann Targonski said Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Union County bridge replacement project begins Aug. 4

    HARTLETON — A PennDOT maintenance crew in Union County will begin a bridge replacement project Aug. 4 on Pleasant Grove Road, Route 3005, in Lewis Township, between Moll Road and Wirth Road, north of Pleasant Grove.

    July 23, 2014

  • DanCrash23.jpg BREAKING NEWS: Woman killed today in Danville area collision

    [UPDATED -- 12:18 a.m., 07/24/14]

    VALLEY TWP. — An 84-year-old Danville woman was killed when her car and a logging truck crashed Wednesday afternoon at Routes 642 and 54 in Valley Township.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jay Paterno sues Penn State for 'rush to judgment'

    STATE COLLEGE - Two former Penn State assistant football coaches, including a son of the late Joe Paterno, are suing the university, alleging that it fired them prematurely after the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal surfaced.

    July 23, 2014

  • 400-pound bull on the lam

    State police and a western Pennsylvania cattle owner are looking for a 2-year-old bull that has been missing for more than a week.

    July 23, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.