New Cumberland Council discusses warehouse garage, staff, road issues | News, Sports, Jobs

Craig Howell MEETING – The New Cumberland Council held a regular meeting on Thursday and agreed to move ahead with the installation of a new storage garage in the town, as well as various staffing matters. The meeting was postponed to Thursday after the council failed to achieve a quorum on Monday night.

NEW CUMBERLAND – The New Cumberland Council is moving forward with a project to build a new storage garage in the city’s downtown area and agrees to solicit bids for the project.

“We need more storage down by the old town building,” Mayor Will White made the statement during Thursday night’s council meeting.

White said he, Community Service Director George Hines and Police Commissioner Lester Skinner met with representatives from One Day Garages to discuss potential specifications for the proposed garage and settled on a 12-foot by 40-foot metal structure with one and two man doors decided shaft doors.

Skinner noted that plans would have a cement floor.

“We tested wood”, he said. “The price will be similar, but concrete lasts forever.”

The council agreed to solicit bids for the project by a 5-1 vote, with council member Richard Blackwell voting against the measure. The council also approved several workforce-related measures, including a restructuring of the city’s hourly wages for all employees, a new annual unified allowance of $250 payable each March, and a supplemental employee retirement plan with a 3 percent co-payment the city.

“We think it’s really a step forward to help the employees,” White said about the pension contribution.

Two people were admitted for summer part-time work at an hourly rate of $12.

The council also agreed to schedule its spring cleaning for April 22-23 and begin the city’s street cleaning program on May 1.

A request for $3,642 to clean up the war memorial was also approved, as was a request for the City Council to have a float in the New Cumberland Memorial Day parade.

The council will solicit bids for New Cumberland’s paving program, priced at approximately $110,000, with White focusing on part of Court Street, Arthur Street, Blackhorse Lane and several streets around the post office, as well as a plan to seal part of which states river avenue. White also noted that gravel is available at the water garage for residents to fill in some street areas.

James White Construction is contacted to help with a sink hole on 3rd Avenue.

(Howell can be contacted at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @CHowellWDT.)

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