AAOA Authority hires law firm to establish line of credit for purchases
Editor's note: The continuation of this story from page one was not included in Tuesday's edition. Here is an updated version of the story in its entirety. Also it was reported the firm would be hired at a rate of $12,500, but the actual rate was $7,500. An old agenda with the incorrect number was distributed at the meeting.
COAL TOWNSHIP - The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) Authority approved having a law firm to represent it in obtaining a line of credit from M&T Bank.
Four members of the authority in attendance at a meeting Monday night agreed to hire Harrisburg-based Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC to help obtain a line of $250,000 credit.
The firm was hired at a rate not to exceed $7,500.
The authority needs to purchase items the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) won't pay for, and to provide salary and benefits to the park operations manager it plans to hire, Chairman Jim Backes said.
DCNR will not pay for equipment, such as hand tools, chainsaws or mowers, that can easily be stolen, he said.
If awarded a grant for which the authority has applied, the manager position will be fully funded in the first year and then funded 75 percent in the second year, 50 percent in the third and 25 percent in the fourth. But in order to provide initial salary, health care insurance and other benefits, the line of credit is needed, Backes said.
The grant application is being reviewed, but members want someone hired before the tentative grand opening date of May 17.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott was hired to handle the line of credit because borrowing money as a municipal entity is a specialized field that may reach beyond the expertise of the county solicitor, authority member Pat Mack said. He said the firm has previously done work with the county.
Waiting on weather
Backes said the trailhead area off Route 125, including the welcome center, is "almost fully complete." Volunteers will be painting inside the building soon, and once the snow has melted and the weather is better, a minor "punchlist" of items will be finished, he said.
Authority members approved the Northumberland County Planning Department issuing a $466.45 payment to Paul Kreco Electric, Coal Township, as submitted by Pennoni Associations, Mechanicsburg, for the trailhead work. It's the last bill for installation of electrical service, Backes said.
In other business, the authority:
- Will seek verbal quotes for the purchase and installation of automatic garage door openers for the trailhead garage.
- Approved the 2014 AOAA pass application with a previously approved fee schedule.