NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND INTENT TO APPLY FOR FUNDING FOR THE CDBG CARES ACT FUNDING

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

AND INTENT TO APPLY FOR FUNDING for the CDBG CARES ACT FUNDING

CITY OF PITTSTON

 

Notice is hereby given that the City of Pittston will hold a public hearing on October 29, 2021 at 4 P.M. The Hearing will be held virtually. To join the Zoom Meeting please go to the following link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83931125023

 

Meeting ID: 839 3112 5023

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+1 646 558 8656

 

If you require special accommodations, please notify Joseph Chacke, Director of the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, at least 72 hours in advance at 570-654-4601 or jchacke@pittstonrda.com  or  TDD users 7-1-1 PA Telecommunications Relay Center.

 

The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) Cares Act program in general, the needs of the community that can be met with CDBG-CV funding, and the Needs Assessment and Coordination Plan.

 

The Coronavirus Aid, relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), provides additional CDBG funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.  The funds may be used for CDBG eligible activities that meet one of the national objectives.  The City intends to apply for housing rehabilitation funds to assist elderly and disabled households to age in place preventing congregate living and those individuals and families with health-related issues that make them susceptible to the COVID-19 such as asthma, lead and other environmental conditions.

 

If activities undertaken with grant funds would result in the displacement of families or individuals, then the City’s Anti-Displacement and Relocation Policy would be in effect. Also, the City would be responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of using CDBG funds.

 

All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and give oral testimony at the public hearing or present written comments concerning the needs of the community, and the CDBG-CV program in general.  Proposals and comments may be submitted to the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, Attention Joseph Chacke at 35 Broad St. Pittston PA or jchacke@pittstonrda.com by November 3, 2021.

 

By order of the

City of Pittston

Michael Lombardo

Mayor

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: SEEKING LOCAL APPRAISERS

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: SEEKING LOCAL APPRAISERS

The City of Pittston Redevelopment Authority seeks proposals for appraisal services related to the implementation for the federal Community

Development Block Grant and HOME programs:

These contracts are 3-year contracts that would require appraising 2-3 homes per month. The authority is seeking both drive-by appraisals and full appraisal services. Timeliness of report turn-around is emphasized. The complete Request for Proposals including submission requirements and scope of services may be obtained by calling 570-654-4601 or e-mailing Shannon Bonacci Sbonacci@pittstonrda.com.

Responses must be received by the RDA at 35 Broad Street Pittston, PA 18640 no later than 1:00 P.M. on Monday, November 1, 2021. The RDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MBE/WBE and Section 3 businesses are encouraged to respond.

Section 504 Officer and Process for Grievance

NOTICE

Section 504 Officer and Process for Grievance

 

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations (“Section 504”), no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

The City of Pittston does not discriminate in access to, participation in, or treatment, or employment in, its programs or activities. The City of Pittston’s Section 504 Officer is Joseph Chacke. The Officer can be reached at 35 Broad St. Pittston, PA 18640 or telephone: 570-654-4601 or fax: 570-602-9261, or email: jchacke@pittstonrda.com.

(TDD users:  PA Relay Center 7-1-1)

Grievance procedures for any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against or denied equal opportunity or access to programs or services may file a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance, with the City of Pittston as shown above or

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

FHEO/Region III Office, Mid-Atlantic Office

100 Penn Square East, 12th Floor

Philadelphia PA 19107

215-861-7643

Fax: 215-656-3349

Grievance procedures and complaint forms may be requested from the City of Pittston by contacting the Section 504 Officer, Joseph Chacke as identified above.

 

Free Community Cookout – Saturday September 25h – Albert West Park

Pittston’s Community Development Office is pleased to announce our second Community Cookout taking place in West Park on Saturday, September 25th from 12:00PM-2:00PM. Come meet some City staff and enjoy the afternoon with your fellow residents! All are welcome!

Notice of Public Hearing FY 2021 CDBG Program

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
FY 2021 CDBG PROGRAM
CITY OF PITTSTON

Notice is hereby given by that the City of Pittston will hold its second public hearing for the 2021 CDBG application on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 4:00 P.M. The hearing will be held virtually. To join the Zoom Meeting, please go to

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81157409610

or call in

1-301-715-8592 US (Washington DC)
1-312-626-6799 US (Chicago)
1-646-558-8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 811 5740 9610

This meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities and/or persons with Limited English Proficiency. If you wish to attend and require special accommodations, please notify Joseph Chacke, Director of the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, at least 72 hours in advance at 570-654-4601 or jchacke@pittstonrda.com or TDD users 7-1-1 PA Telecommunications Relay Center.

The CDBG program is a state-administered federal grant program for local communities to do infrastructure and housing improvements that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons. The City of Pittston proposes to use the FY 2021 grant of $ 317,772 as follows:

Administration- $49,772
Rehabilitation at Lincoln Heights Senior Apartment- $200,000
Housing Acquisition for Blight -$68,000

Anyone having an interest in historic resources may also make themselves known and review and comment on the proposed activities. Those individuals will receive future notices regarding program activities and their potential impact on historic resources.

All interested parties are invited to attend the public meeting and give oral testimony at the public meeting or present written comments concerning the needs of the community, proposed CDBG activities, the prior use of funds, as well as the CDBG program in general. Comments may be submitted by October 11, 2021, to Joseph Chacke, City Hall, 35 Broad Street, Pittston, PA 18640 or jchacke@pittstonrda.com. City Council may approve the CDBG application at the general business meeting on October 20, 2021.

By order of

Michael Lombardo, Mayor

 

 

Open Space Elevator Installation Project: Bidding Open

Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston

35 Broad Street
Pittston, PA 18640

Open Space Elevator Installation Project – REBID

City of Pittston, Luzerne County, PA

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Sealed Bids for the Open Space Elevator Installation Project will be received online via the PennBid Program by the Redevelopment Authority of the  City of Pittston, at 35 Broad Street, Pittston, PA 18640, until 10:00 AM local time on  September 28, 2021, at which time the Bids received will be  publicly opened electronically and read virtually. The Project consists of Base Bid: Installation of new elevator along with construction of CMU elevator shaft and associated demolition, architectural, electrical, and mechanical work with Add Alternate Bids for Façade Improvements including windows, painting, siding improvements, stone veneer and lighting.

Bids will be received for a single prime Contract.  Bids shall be on a lump sum basis as indicated in the Online Bid Form.

All bidding documents are available at no cost on the PennBid Website

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

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

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

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.

City of Pittston 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.

City of Pittston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Cancelled – 8/11/21 Blighted Property Board Meeting

The Blighted Property Board Meeting scheduled for 2:00PM on August 11th at 2:00PM in the City Hall Conference Room has been cancelled. The next Blighted Property Board meeting will be held on September 8th at 2:00 PM in the City Hall Conference Room.

If you have any questions, please contact Cara Wengen at cwengen@pittstonrda.com or by calling (570)654-4601 ext.245.

2021 Police Civil Service Examinations

CITY OF PITTSTON

Civil Service Examinations

Entry-Level

Police Officer  

The Civil Service Commission for the City of Pittston is now accepting applications to take the civil service examination for Entry-Level Police Officer in the Police Department. Applications may be obtained from the City Administrator’s Office at Pittston City Hall, 35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640 or online at www.pittstoncity.org. If you would like an application mailed to you, please contact 570-654-4601 ext. 245. Applications and required documentation along with a non-refundable processing fee of fifty ($50) dollars, check or money order made payable to the City of Pittston must be submitted by mail or in person at the City Administrator’s Office.

Submission deadline is Thursday, August 12th at 4:00pm.  Qualified applicants will be invited to test on Saturday August 28, 2021.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Entry-Level Police Officer

  1. Applicants must be 21 years of age.
  2. Must possess a high school diploma or GED from an accredited institution.
  3. Must have successfully completed Act 120 training and be able to provide M.P.O.E.T.C. certification.
  4. Must be a Citizen of the United States of America.
  5. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to maintain a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  6. Must maintain a residence not more than ten (10) miles from the City’s boundaries by the date they begin work.
  7. Must be able to perform all the essential functions of the job being applied for, with or without reasonable accommodation.

The City of Pittston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2021 Police Application

2021 Firefighter Civil Service Examinations

CITY OF PITTSTON

Civil Service Examinations

Entry-Level

Firefighter in the Bureau of Fire

The Civil Service Commission for the City of Pittston is now accepting applications to take the civil service examination for Entry-Level Firefighter in the Bureau of Fire. Applications may be obtained from the City Administrator’s Office at Pittston City Hall, 35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640 or online at www.pittstoncity.org. Application can be downloaded below. If you would like an application mailed to you, please contact 570-654-4601 ext. 245. Applications and required documentation along with a non-refundable processing fee of fifty ($50) dollars, check or money order made payable to the City of Pittston must be submitted by mail or in person at the City Administrator’s Office.

Submission deadline is Thursday, August 12th at 4:00pm.  Qualified applicants will be invited to test on Saturday August 28, 2021.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Entry-Level Firefighter

  1. Applicants must be 21 years of age.
  2. Must possess a high school diploma or GED from an accredited institution.
  3. Must be EMT and Firefighter I certified.
  4. Must be a Citizen of the United States of America.
  5. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to maintain a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  6. Must be able to perform all the essential functions of the job being applied for, with or without reasonable accommodation.

The City of Pittston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2021 Firefighter Application

NOTICE of FAIR HOUSING OFFICER and COMPLAINT PROCESS for City of Pittston

This notice will serve to advise all residents of City of Pittston and all municipalities therein that the following actions, if based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, familial status (families with children), or handicap (disability) is prohibited by Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Federal Fair Housing Act) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act adds the additional protected classes of age, ancestry and use of guide or support animals because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals are considered discriminatory:

  • Refusing to sell or rent to, deal or negotiate with any person.
  • Discriminating on terms or conditions for buying or renting housing.
  • Discriminating by advertising that housing is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, handicap (disability), age, ancestry or with no animals.
  • Denying that housing is available for inspection, sale or rent when it really is available.
  • Blockbusting-for profit, persuading owners to sell or rent housing by telling them that minority groups are moving into the neighborhood.
  • Denying or making different terms or conditions for home loans by financial institutions.
  • Denying to anyone the use or participation in any real estate services, multiple listing services or other facilities related to the selling and renting of housing.If you’re a person with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please contact the below Fair Housing Officer/Agency.

If you’re a person with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please contact the below Fair Housing Officer/Agency.

If you’re Limited English Proficient and require a document translation, please contact the below Fair Housing Officer/Agency.

All residents are hereby notified, that any complaints regarding a discriminatory action under one of the above conditions may be filed with the:

 

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Harrisburg Regional Office
333 Market Street, 8th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2210
(717) 787-9780
(717) 787-7279 TTY users

And

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

FHEO/Regional III Office Mid-Atlantic Office

100 Penn Square East, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 861-7643
Fax: (215) 656-3449
TTY: (800) 927-9275

 

 

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 Shannon at sbonacci@pittstonrda.com or 570-654-4601 ext 237 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 2 large double hung windows – bar room
  • Replacing 4 double hung windows – bedroom 1
  • Replacing 3 double hung windows – bedroom 2
  • Replacing 2 double hung windows  — bedroom 3
  • Replacing 1 double hung window – bathroom
  • Installing GFCIs in kitchen
  • Installing GFCIs in 2nd floor bathroom
  • Installing GFCI protected receptacle in 1st floor bathroom
  • Installing wall sconces in 1st floor bathroom (just install, owner has fixtures)
  • Replace 150,000 btu boiler
  • Install smoke alarms in bedrooms
  • Lead based paint stabilization as outlined in the lead inspection report

Environmental Review Home Program

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW & NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

DATE OF NOTICE:                         June 5, 2021

RESPONSIBLE ENTITY:               City of Pittston

ADDRESS:                                         City Hall, 35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640

TELEPHONE:                                   570-654-4601

 

On or about June 14, 2021 the City of Pittston will request that the PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development (DCED) release federal HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds under Section 228 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA) to undertake the below projects:

 

Tier 1 Broad Review Project/Program Title: Housing Rehabilitation Program, Citywide, Multi-Year (2020-2024).

Purpose: Homeowner rehab

Location: Within the City of Pittston, specific addresses will be assessed in the site-specific reviews.

Project/Program Description: Rehabilitation will 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.  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 Project Cost: Estimated DCED funding: $400,000 (FY20 $300,000 HOME; FY21 $25,000 CDBG; FY22 $25,000 CDBG, FY23 $25,000 CDBG; FY24 $25,000 CDBG)

 

The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements per 24 CFR 58.35(a).  An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the City of Pittston’s website at https://www.pittstoncity.org/pittston-city-departments/office-of-community-development/.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Joseph Chacke at  35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640 or jchacke@pittstonrda.com.  All comments received by June 13, 2021 will be considered by the City prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

 

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 HOME 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.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW: Tier ERR HOME Housing Rehab

 

 

Michael Lombardo, Mayor

Request For Proposal – Developers Needed for Home Rehabilitation

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston is inviting development teams (or a
developer) with experience in single family home rehabilitation to submit proposals for
the Rehabilitation Toward Homeownership for 65-67 ½ Parsonage Street, Pittston,
Pennsylvania (72-E11NE2-024-005-000).

All proposals for this project are due by 12:00Noon on Friday, July 16th 2021. 

For extensive information on this project and it’s requirements, please view the formal Request for Proposals below.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS-67.5 PARSONAGE

NAT Sweeps Scheduled to continue for Summer 2021

The City’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) will continue inspections again this Summer.

The City formed the NAT to address blight, property maintenance issues and quality of life in a concerted effort in the neighborhoods under the City and Redevelopment Authority’s Neighborhood Housing Initiative. Members of the Code Enforcement, Police, Fire, EMS, Administration, Public Works Departments, and Office of Community Development comprise the NAT.

Property owners receiving notices are required to contact Code Enforcement at 570.654.0513 extension 221 within 24 hours of a notice to develop a plan of action. They are given up to 24 hours to correct violations such as high grass and up to 30 days (or more) to address more substantial issues. No actual fines or citations are issued during NAT sweeps (except possibly habitual offenders). The purpose of the sweeps is to improve the neighborhoods and quality of life of our residents, and to remind homeowners of their obligation to maintain their properties in a safe and code compliant manner. The City utilizes the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) as published by the International Code Council for these standards. The International Code Council is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. More information about the IPMC may be found at https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/collections/I-Codes.

Homeowners that have code-deficient properties are encouraged to contact the Commission on Economic Opportunity at 570-826-0510 or the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston at 570-654-4601. Income eligible residents may qualify for programs to help make required repairs to their home. Rules and regulations apply and funds are limited.

The Police enforce parking regulations and abandoned vehicles. An abandoned vehicle is one that does not have a current inspection. Vehicle owners are given 7 days to obtain an inspection before further enforcement action occurs.

The City and its officials are mindful of the COVID pandemic and the limits it has placed on all of us and will be willing to work with everyone on any issue they may have in this respect. The importance is to communicate this to the appropriate officials if you are notified of a violation.

Notice of Public Hearing – CARES Act Funding Modification

Notice is hereby given that the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston will hold a public hearing on May 17, 2021 at 4 P.M. The Hearing will be held virtually. To join the Zoom Meeting please go to the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82918957216?pwd=UjA0VDRZMG1QZ2R5QTNTQ0RzMWhZdz09

Or Call in +16465588656

Meeting ID: 829 1895 7216

Password: 693633

If you require special accommodations, please notify Joseph Chacke, Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston, at least 72 hours in advance at 570-654-4601 or jchacke@pittstonrda.com  or  TDD users 7-1-1 PA Telecommunications Relay Center.

The hearing for the CARES Act Community Development Block Grant (CV-CDBG) Program will provide an opportunity to citizens to comment on the proposed modification to the CDBG CV activities. The Coronavirus Aid, relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), provides additional CDBG funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. With the availability of food donations from multiple sources and an immediate need for food storage, the City will use the CDBG-CV funds ($20,000) previously allocated for a food donation to Meals on Wheels, and some funding from Foreclosure Prevention ($3,532) to provide funding for a walk-in freezer with installation costs so that Meals on Wheels can safely store food supplies to respond to the pandemic. The modified funding now includes $23,532 to Meals on Wheels instead of the previous $20,000. A copy of the modification is available for public review and comment from May 10, 2021 through May 18, 2021 on the City’s website: https://www.pittstoncity.org/

Written comments on the proposed modification of the use of CDBG-CV funds will be accepted by the Pittston Redevelopment Authority until 4 p.m. on May 18, 2021 and may be addressed to: Redevelopment Authority at the above address or email jchacke@pittstonrda.com  City Council will consider approval of the application at the regular Council meeting on May 19, 2021.

All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and give oral testimony at the public hearing or present written comments or to send written comments to the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, Attention Joseph Chacke at 35 Broad St. Pittston PA or jchacke@pittstonrda.com.

By order of the
City of Pittston

Michael Lombardo
Mayor