Old records not yet moved from courthouse basement
SUNBURY - Northumberland County's deteriorating historical records that the Degenstein Foundation pledged $1 million to preserve have not yet budged from the dark, damp and disorganized courthouse basement.
In fact, nothing has been done yet to move toward that goal since the announcement was made in January, Register and Recorder Mary Zimmerman said in an update to the county commissioners during Tuesday's 20-minute regular meeting.
Michael Apfelbaum, representing the foundation, and Scott Heintzelman of the county historical society were supposed to meet to discuss the logistics of the move, and they have yet to do so, Zimmerman said.
"We don't know how it's going to work. I have no idea," she said.
The funding is intended to provide a climate-controlled building on Market Street where the records from sheriff, commissioner, register and recorder and other offices can be moved.
President Judge William Wiest, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday, chairs an informal advisory committee to assist the process. Zimmerman, deputy Prothonotary Geraldine Yagle and assistant solicitor John Muncer serve on that board.
Zimmerman referenced the women who formed the Facebook group "Saving Northumberland County Historical Records," which attracted 572 "likes," was calling for updates on the project.
"They plan to be here every day (when it's finished)," she said.
A representative of the Degenstein Foundation could not be reached for comment.
Bids for bridge
The county commissioners also accepted five bids to replace a bridge along Route 225 over Schwaben Creek in Washington Township near Sheep Lane.
The fives bids, which were read by Controller Christopher Grayson, were for $139,168 from Clearwater Construction Inc., of Mercer; $187,792.80 from J. Fulkroad & Sons Inc., of McAlisterville; $294,839 from G&R Charles Excavating LTD, of Port Trevorton; $136,885 from Redrock Construction Inc., of Mifflintown; and $146,967 from Wolyniec Construction, of Williamsport.
The bids were opened by Grayson at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the administration center.
Contacted after the meeting, county engineer Chuck Hopta said the 40-foot-long bridge is currently closed due to its deteriorating steel.
The contractor would replace the top of the bridge with new beams and a wooden deck, he said.
Hopta expects the commissioners to approve one of the five bids on the April 15 meeting.
The work should be finished within six to eight weeks of starting, he said.
Commissioner Vinny Clausi, who called into the meeting via telephone, updated fellow commissioners Rick Shoch and Stephen Bridy and members of the public on his health.
Calling from a doctor's appointment in Harrisburg, Clausi said his operation was successful and he's doing well.
The commissioner had surgery March 20, and will only be available by telephone for county business for the next two months.
- Announced the courthouse, administration center and related county facilities will be closed Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday Holiday.
- Authorized Children and Youth Services to purchase two 2014 Dodge Journeys SE AWD at a cost of $48,152 from Zimmerman Enterprise Inc. through the Costars program.