NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

 

May 2, 2022

City of Pittston

35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640

Telephone Number: 570-654-4601

 

On or about May 11, 2022, the City of Pittston (City) will request that the PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development (DCED) release federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Public Law 116-136), signed into law on March 27, 2020 for the program listed below.

 

Tier 1 Broad Level Review Project/Program Title: CARES Act Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program, Multi-Year Program (2023-2026)

Purpose: The CARES Act Housing Rehabilitation Program will include a regional approach to keeping seniors, persons with disabilities and those adults with home or health conditions that could be impacted by COVID-19 from having to move into congregate living arrangements and housing modifications for individuals and families that have health conditions negatively impacted by or susceptible to COVID-19 such as asthma, lead and other environmental conditions. In addition, the program will provide consultations related to COVID mitigation strategies at home by Preferred Care at Home of Pittston.

Location: The following communities within Luzerne and Lackawanna County will be participating in this regional program; the City of Pittston, Borough of Avoca, Borough of Exeter, Borough of Hughestown, Jenkins Township, Borough of Laflin, Borough of West Pittston, Borough of Wyoming, Borough of Dupont, Borough of Duryea, Pittston Township and Borough of Taylor (Lackawanna County).

Project Description: Rehabilitation may include but not be limited to window/door removal and replacement, replacement of flooring, removal/replacement of roof components and gutters, improvements to HVAC systems, improvements to electrical and plumbing systems, improvements to kitchen areas including removal/replacement of cabinets and appliances, implementation of lead-based paint hazard controls and/or other environmental hazard remediation/mitigation measures, improvements to bathrooms including removal/replacement of tubs, sinks, vanities and toilets as well as ADA improvements, improvements to interior walls including new sheetrock and painting, exterior improvements including the installation of vinyl siding and painting, porch improvements and sidewalk/walkway improvement, as well as other similar general housing improvement work. Program rehabilitation activities will not increase density beyond four units, change the land use, or increase a building footprint in a floodplain or

 

wetland. The City estimates that 45 homes will be rehabilitated via this program from 2023 to 2026 using CDBG-CV funds.

Tier 2 site specific reviews will be completed for those laws and authorities not addressed in the tier 1 broad review for each address under this program when addresses become known.

Level of Environmental Review Citation: 24 CFR Part 58.5(a)(3)(i)

Tier 2 Site Specific Review: The site-specific reviews will cover the following laws and authorities not addressed in the Tier 1 broad review: contamination and toxic substances, historic preservation, noise and environmental justice.

Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any): not applicable

Estimated DCED funding: $900,000

The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58, but are subject to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at City Hall, 35 Broad St., Pittston, PA where the ERR may be examined or copied weekdays 9 AM to 4 PM and online at the City’s website https://www.pittstoncity.org/pittston-city- departments/office-of-community-development/.

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PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Joseph Chacke at the above address or jchacke@pittstonrda.com. All comments received by May 10, 2022, will be considered by the City prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The City certifies to DCED that Michael Lombardo, in his capacity as Mayor, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. DCED’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City to use CDBG-CV Program funds.

 

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

DCED will accept objections to its release of fund and the City of Pittston’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the name of the City of Pittston; (b) the City of Pittston has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by DCED; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the Department of Community and Economic Development at: chrhowe@pa.gov  Potential objectors should contact DCED to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

 

Michael Lombardo, Mayor

Certifying Officer

Advertisement for Bids – Lincoln Heights Apartments

REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE City of PITTSTON

35 Broad Street

PITTSTON PA, 18640

LINCOLN HEIGHTS APARTMENTS HVAC UNIT REPLACEMENTS

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Sealed Bids for the construction of the LINCOLN HEIGHTS APARTMENTS HVAC UNITS REPLACEMENTS – will be received online via the PennBid Program, by the REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSTON, until 11:30 AM local time on MAY 3, 2022, at which time the Bids received will be publicly opened electronically and read virtually.  The Project consists of removal and replacement of nine (9) gas fired split systems including furnaces and air conditioning units, condensing units and thermostats and associated work for complete working systems with warranties.  Unit sizes are 4 – 5 Ton, 1 -3 Ton, 1 2 Ton and 3 – 1 ½ Ton.

Bids will be received for a single prime Contract.

All bidding documents are available at no cost at https://pennbid.procureware.com

A pre-bid conference will not be held for this project.

Bid security shall be furnished in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders.

Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds are being used for this project and the contract is subject to 2CFR Part 200. The contract documents contain requirements addressing prevailing labor wage rates, labor standards, nondiscrimination in hiring practices, goals for minority and female participation, MBE and WBE participation, participation by Section 3 residents and businesses, and related matters.  The bidders must submit documentary evidence of MBE/WBE and Section 3 business concerns who have been contacted and to whom commitments have been made. Documentation of such solicitations and commitments shall be submitted concurrently with the bid.

The following wage rate requirements are applicable to this contract: DAVIS-BACON WAGE RATES

The Labor Standards, Wage Determination and Anti-Kickback regulations (29 CFR, Part 3) issued by the Secretary of Labor are included in the contract documents of this project and govern all work under the contracts.

Non-discrimination in Employment—Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President’s Executive Order 11246 and will be required to insure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against on the basis of their  race, color, religion, age, disability, familial status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin in employment or the provision of services. In addition to EEO Executive Order 11246, Contractors must also establish a 6.9% goal for female participation and a 0.6% goal for minority participation in the aggregate on-site construction work force for contracts in excess of $10,000 as per the notice of requirement for affirmation action as contained in the contract documents. Attention is called to Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 USC 179 LU and the Section 3 clause and regulations set forth in 24 CFR, Part 135.

In compliance with Executive Order 11625 and 12138, the successful bidder must utilize to the greatest extent feasible, minority and/or women-owned businesses located in the municipality, county or general trade area.

 

CITY OF PITTSTON does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, age, disability, familial status, race, gender, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or in violation of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) and applicable federal laws in employment or the provision of services.

CITY OF PITTSTON is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Fair Housing Month 2022

April is Fair Housing Month! Each year, the City of Pittston Redevelopment Authority takes part in an activity related to Fair Housing advocacy and education. This year, the RDA put up bulletin boards throughout the city showcasing information from the National Fair Housing Alliance to create public awareness. The bulletin boards shed light on the various ways in which housing discrimination can play out and showcase resources including HUD’s website and the National Fair Housing Hotline. Bulletin boards are located outside of the Redevelopment Authority, at the City of Pittston Senior Center, and the Pittston Housing Authority!

INVITATION TO BID – Accepting Sealed Proposals for Home Rehabilitation

Invitation to Bid

 

SEALED PROPOSALS will be received by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston, on behalf of the North East Pennsylvania Land Bank Authority, at their Administrative Offices located at 35 Broad St., Suite 202, Pittston, PA 18640, until NOON, 12:00 PM(prevailing time) on Friday, April 29, 2022 at which time they will be opened and read aloud.

PROJECT NAME – Rehabilitation of 91 Mill Street, Pittston.

Proposed work includes the full rehabilitation of a residential home, including but not limited to, floors, drywall, electrical, plumbing, heating, bathrooms, kitchen, porches, lead based paint, asbestos and other items related to a home rehabilitation.

Bid Documents may be obtained by contacting Cara Wengen at 570-654-4601 or cwengen@pittstonrda.com. There will not be a pre-bid conference, but interested bidders may access the property by scheduling a time to inspect.

Bid security shall be furnished in accordance with the instructions to Bidders.

The following wage rate requirements are applicable to this contract: PA Prevailing Wages

Bidder must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, religion, color, handicap, national origin, age or sex.

The Redevelopment Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or familial status in employment or the provision of services.

The Redevelopment Authority is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

The Redevelopment Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informalities in the bidding.

Bids Requested – Contractors for Home Rehab Project in Pittston

The Redevelopment Authority is accepting contractor bids on a home rehab project in Pittston. Please see below scope of work documents and reach out to Cara at cwengen@pittstonrda.com or 570-654-4601 ext 245 to request a full bid packet. Arrangements can be made to do a site visit to the home to prepare your bid.

Work includes:

  • Replacing Siding
  • Replacing (3) Exterior Doors
  • Replacing Rear Storm Door
  • Replacing (10) Double Hung Windows
  • Replacing (1) casement window in bathroom