The Mahoning Township supervisors hope to be parking township vehicles in the new garage before Christmas.
Supervisor Gary Pezzuolo said construction of the new municipal building and garage is ahead of schedule, despite a late start.
He said the garage should be completed by mid-December and that offices will be ready to move into the new building in March, 2015.
Construction of the $2 million building started in late August, two months later than initially planned. Supervisor Mark Sackin said there was delay with placing footers because of stone deposits in the ground.
In the meantime, the supervisors continue to work out of the existing office building which is in front of the new building on Route 224. It will be demolished once the new building is finished.
The existing building was deemed beyond repair because of a leaking roof and other problems.
Also Tuesday, supervisors agreed to raise the township’s sewer tap-in fee to $3,100, effective Feb. 28, 2015. Those houses or buildings connecting to the sewer system before that date will pay the current rate of $2,575. Supervisor Vito Yeropoli said the increase is considered a penalty for those who are slow to tap into the system.
The supervisors also awarded contracts for a new dump truck to Donnell Ford, Boardman, which offered a new cab and chassis for $40,061.91 and Quality Truck Body and Equipment of Youngstown, which offered a dump, plow and hydraulics for $29,980. They two were the only bidders.
The supervisors hired Robert Sipe of New Castle as a part-time Department of Transportation officer for the police department.
Chief Jim Morris said Sipe is a motor carrier safety inspection officer with a DOT certificate and also works for Neshannock Township. Sipe will be paid $13.69 per hour and was hired on a one-year probation.