Allentown Metropolis Council advances revised 'accountable contractor' ordinance

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Allentown Metropolis Council superior an amended model of the ‘accountable contractor’ ordinance on Wednesday evening.

The modifications embody elevating the brink on contractors bidding on metropolis initiatives from the earlier over-$100,000 quantity to greater than $200,000.

Contractors bidding on initiatives over that $200,000 threshold must provide apprenticeship packages conforming to U.S. Division of Labor requirements. The category A apprentices should be totally employed by an organization and given on-the-job classroom and lab coaching, in addition to mentorships.

As well as, a minimum of 80% of the contractor’s employees should reside within the Lehigh Valley. A contractor should additionally pay all craft workers the present price wage and fringe advantages required by federal, state and native governments.

One change not produced from the unique invoice would have lowered from a minimum of 5 years to a few years for previous apprenticeship participation.

Council accepted the ordinance at its Feb. 16 assembly, however it was vetoed by Mayor Matthew Tuerk.

The invoice’s proponents say town will get monetary savings and undertaking high quality will enhance. Opponents say it can restrict proposals and finally end in extra tax will increase.

Wednesday evening’s motion refers the invoice to a particular Committee of the Complete assembly at 6 p.m. on March 31.

Metropolis contracts

In different enterprise, council accepted three contracts totaling practically $4.5 million.

One contract pays numerous firms a $1.85 million complete for street supplies, together with however not restricted to, geotextiles.

One other deal allocates practically $1.8 million to Flyway Excavating Inc. for Valania Park. The park’s redevelopment will present numerous enhancements, together with a redesigned basketball court docket space, set up of everlasting restroom services and a sprig park function, new greenspaces, improved drainage and an improved pedestrian path and sidewalk, along with improved lighting, surfacing, objectives and seating.

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The third contacts spends $846,000 to restore three roofs for Metropolis of Allentown buildings: Bridgeworks, metropolis corridor and town storage.

fifteenth Road site visitors sign enchancment undertaking

In different information, council accepted a decision designating Tuerk and Finance Director Seth O’Neill as town officers to execute all paperwork between town and Pennsylvania Division of Transportation to help the fifteenth Road hall site visitors sign improve undertaking, which goals to modernize the site visitors sign system from fifteenth and Elm streets to Tilghman Road.

Allentown acquired a PennDOT grant for $830,750 to pay for the undertaking. Town has pledged $249,750 in matching funds.

The decision permits town to just accept the cash and execute the contract with PennDOT, and it updates the designation from former Mayor Ray O’Connell to Tuerk.

Fund transfers

Lastly, council OK’d a decision approving 4 transfers, considered one of which allocates $26,846 for a 30-foot Christmas tree alternative.