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Pen Argyl Borough Monthly Minutes | Archive

Tuesday 9th of October 2018 - Borough Council Special Meeting


            Pen Argyl Borough Council held a Special Meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:30 P.M.

in Council Chambers.


The Special Meeting was held for Council to discuss and potentially vote on a change order pertaining to the Lookout Fire Station Construction Contract and for general purposes.  

Pledge of Allegiance:  

            Council President Joseph LeDonne opened the Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.


Roll Call:       

             The following Council Members were present and responded to roll call: Joseph LeDonne, Michael Nasatka Jr., Janell Connolly, Robert O’Donnell, Tammy Kemp, Roberta Cowley and Charles Kandl Jr.  Council Member Josephine Hildabrant was absent.


            Also present were Mayor Michael G. Nasatka, Borough Solicitor Peter Layman and Borough Manager Robin Zmoda.





Fire Station Change Order:

            Mark Giunta, P.E. of advantage engineers presented to council members a plan to do a ground modification of uncontrolled granular fill at the site of the construction of the Lookout Fire Station.  His plan consists of utilizing Rapid Impact Compaction (RIC).  RIC is a process where a seven (7) ton weight is dropped about one (1) meter onto an anvil about five (5) to six (6) feet in diameter about forty (40) times a minute to compact the soil to suitable weight bearing for a structure.  It is a very cost-effective way for gaining compaction and there is a guarantee of no more than one (1) inch of settling after process is done and structure is complete.   After compaction there may need to be additional replacement of material.  The process will be noisy and could cause vibrations to about thirty (30) to (60) feet from the process, but Giunta felt all structures in the area were far away to not feel any vibrations.  The process causes deep dynamic compaction and the energy is distributed to a “zone of improvement”.   Giunta’s plan (attached) proposes three (3) passes:  orange is adjacent to the footing line; blue on the opposite side of footing line; and green is right on foundation center, creating a soil against soil “zone of improvement”.   Timing is less than five (5) days, weather is not a factor and will compact soils up to two (2) to three (3) feet below surface.  There would need to be an inspector from advantage engineers on site to provide supervision and field reports of process.


            John J. Goffredo and John D. Goffredo of Nu Cor Management, Inc. were present to provide costs for the process.  They have contacted several firms and have received two (2) estimates.  Menard, Inc and Geo Structures, Inc.  Menard’s cost was slightly lower but would not be available until early or mid-November and may cause higher steel prices to be incurred.  Geo Structures could be here on Monday to begin the process and complete it in five (5) days and building could get back on schedule.  The change order (attached) would be estimated at $155,723.70 with plus or minus if process was done sooner or later than five (5) days. 


            Discussion was had regarding schedule of building arrival, winter concrete, noise and vibration.  Giunta could provide video of nearby properties and vibration monitors to assist in monitoring any issues or concerns from nearby structures and residents.  He also agreed that Geotech Structures was a good firm to complete this process.


Executive Session:    

            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr.  made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss the change order and potential litigation issues, seconded by Councilwoman Tammy Kemp.  Unanimous by voice vote.  Council went into Executive Session at 8:31 P.M. and reconvened at 9:01 P.M. 


Engineering Proposal:

            Councilman Robert O’Donnell made a motion to accept a proposal from advantage engineers to design and monitor a RIC plan and to conduct a video survey and provide vibration monitors not to exceed $6,000.00, seconded by Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. Unanimous vote by roll call.


            Councilman Charles Kandl Jr. made a motion to accept Nu Cor Management Inc.’s change order not to exceed amount of $155, 723.70. If additional charges need to be considered, Council will need to vote separately, seconded by Councilwoman Roberta Cowley.  Unanimous vote by roll call.




            Councilwoman Roberta Cowley made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Robert O’Donnell. Unanimous by voice vote.  Council adjourned at 9:24 P.M


Workshop Tuesday, October 30, 2018– 7:00 P.M.

Council Meeting – Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.

Budget Workshop – Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.

Tentative Budget Adoption and Council Workshop – Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – 7 :00 P.M.




                                                                                                            Respectfully Submitted,



                                                                                                            Robin Zmoda

                                                                                                            Borough Manager