Vernon Landslide Repairs, Labor Contract Savings and More Baldwin Boro News

Notes from Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Vernon Landslide Costs Borough $462K

When it’s all said and done, Baldwin Borough will pay Plavchak Construction, of Jefferson Hills Borough, $462,000 to repair a landslide that occurred on Vernon Avenue in the spring of 2011, according to Baldwin's engineer Larry Souleret.

Due to difficulty handling utility lines in the area, workers have had to push back their completion date on Vernon to the end of September 2012.

"We're finally wrapping it up," Souleret said during Tuesday night's Baldwin Council meeting.

New Labor Contract

A switch in health care providers from Highmark to UPMC for Baldwin Borough's construction, general labor and material handlers workers should save Baldwin "six figures," according to borough Manager John Barrett.

The Baldwin Council unanimously approved a new collective bargaining agreement on Tuesday with the workers from Local Union No. 1058 of the AFL-CIO that will last through 2017. 

"We have agreed in principle to everything," Barrett said in an interview after the meeting, "but need to have the contract drawn up and signed. It could take a few weeks to get language acceptable to both sides, but we have all agreed to the general principles."

New Guardrail Along Joseph Street

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Margaret French September 20, 2012 at 03:13 PM
No matter what it is, EVERYTHING costs more in the end!
Robert Edward Healy, III September 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Sandra, not that I'm aware of.
bd September 20, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Looks,like just a transfer of cost to me. The water company did the billing for the borough in the past since it is part of the water bill today. I would bet that the water company was not doing this as a freebie.
Common Sense September 21, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Why couldn't we find a BW company to do the work? Let's support our own people. I am not sure if this was possible in this case, but why not give the bid to the BW company or at least allow them a chance to match the lowest bid?
Michael Stelmasczyk September 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Common Sense - The bidding for this project was open to all companies including any that were in the local area. Local companies were able to submit bids just like any other company. State law requires open bidding for a project of this size and once the bids are open, they are final. There is no such thing as opening a bid and then sharing that with another company so that they can match it or come in lower. That would be unlawful.


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