PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Regular March meeting of Pittston City Council originally scheduled for Wednesday March 15, 2023 at 7:00 P.M. in City Council Chambers, City Hall, 35 Broad Street, Pittston, Pennsylvania has been rescheduled to Wednesday March 22, 2023 at 7:00 PM in City Council Chambers.  Questions pertaining to the rescheduled meeting should be directed to the City Administrator’s Office 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday to Friday at (570) 654-0513.

Joseph Moskovitz
Pittston City Administrator

Cares Act Funding

CITY OF PITTSTON
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 December 22, 2022 at 4pm in Pittston City Hall, Council Chambers.

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.  The City is proposing to use approximately $6,596.89 left from an activity which came in underbudget (Lincoln Heights Ventilation) to put towards a new activity, the provision of an air filtration system at the City of Pittston Housing Authority foyer at Infantino Towers with other funds contributed from the Housing Authority of the City of Pittston.

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. January 17, 2023 and may be addressed to: the 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 January 18, 2023.

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

Civil Service Examinations

Please review the link for the Exam_Ad_July 01, 2022

Download the Exam Packets:

Entry-Level Police Officer in the Bureau of Police
Entry-Level Firefighter in the Bureau of Fire


CITY OF PITTSTON
CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATIONS
ENTRY LEVEL POLICE OFFICER
&
FULL TIME FIREFIGHTER

The Civil Service Commission for the City of Pittston is now accepting applications to take the civil service examination for entry level Police Officer and entry level Firefighter/Engineer.  Applications may be obtained at the office of the City Administrator at:

City of Pittston
35 Broad Street
Pittston PA 18640

Or online at www.cityofpittston.org

Applications and required documentation along with a non-refundable testing fee of $50.00 check or money order made payable to the City of Pittston, must be submitted by mail or in person to the Office of the City Administrator during normal business hours Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM except Holidays.

Submission deadline is Wednesday July 20, 2022 at 4:00PM

Minimum Eligibility requirements:

  1. Applicants must be 21 years of age at time of application
  2. Applicants must be United States Citizens.
  3. Each applicant shall possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. from an accredited institution.
  4. Applicants for the position of Police Officer must have successfully completed Act 120 training and be able to be certified by M.P.O.E.T.C.
  5. Applicants for Firefighter/Engineer must be EMT and Firefighter I Certified.
  6. Applicants must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  7. Successful applicant must maintain a residence not more than 10 miles from the City’s boundary by the date they begin work.
  8. Applicants 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

Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) 2022

The City’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) will be conducting neighborhood inspections throughout the summer. Our first sweep will occur this Friday in the area of Church Street. The NAT is one component of the City’s Neighborhood Housing Initiative and represent the elected officials commitment to revitalize the neighborhoods. The NAT is a team represented by every City Department which includes Code Enforcement, Police, Fire, Community Development, and the Street Department. Each department has their own focus during the sweep. Code Enforcement will be inspecting properties for any property maintenance issues or obvious code deficiencies. The Police Department will focus inspecting vehicles and any suspicious activity. The Fire Department will be inspecting hydrants and looking for any concerns for fire related issues. The Office of Community Development will proudly provide information on the sweep and how to seek funding from their office for home repairs. The Street Department completes street sweeping, maintenance of City owned property or vacant/abandoned property and related activities.

 

No actual fines are given during these sweeps unless there is a serious, life threatening issue. Property owners receiving notices are required to contact Code Enforcement 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. The purpose of the sweeps are 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 Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston at 570-654-4601 or visit www.pittstonrda.com. Income eligible residents may qualify for programs to help make required repairs to their home. Rules and regulations apply and funds are limited.

 

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.

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!