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Contractor Awaiting Payment for East Greenville Clubhouse Conversion
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            The work to convert the Colonial Village Clubhouse into a police headquarters has been 100 percent complete for two weeks. However, the contractor who completed the work claims he has yet to receive any payment from East Greenville.

            "It's frustrating," John Membrino said during Monday night's borough council public meeting. "I still haven't gotten one red cent."

            During the public meeting, council voted to approve conditional payment to Membrino for his work at the facility. Only Ryan Pugh voted against the measure, which directs Manager Jim Fry to coordinate with Cowan & Associates, the borough's engineering firm to resolve a clerical issue. The payment to the contractor will not exceed $140,000, the approximate cost of the conversion, according to the language of the resolution.

            Mayor Ryan Sloyer suggested that the contractor get paid as soon as the borough's engineering firm receives the required paperwork. "I don't think John should have to wait until the end of the month to get paid," the mayor said during the meeting.

            According to Membrino, the borough's engineering firm is withholding payment approval over time sheets related to prevailing wage, even though he is exempt. The contractor said the engineering firm has requested him to submit a sheet for each of the eight weeks he worked on the project.  "This is craziness," said Membrino, a Hereford Township supervisor, after the meeting.

            Borough officials require all contractors who complete borough projects to submit all the necessary paperwork before payment is made, according Fry.

            During the discussion, the contractor expressed confidence that East Greenville council members would help to make sure he got paid for his work.

            Sloyer thanked Membrino for his work renovating the clubhouse. 

            "He did an excellent job," the mayor said during the meeting.  He announced that a ribbon cutting ceremony would be scheduled for 10 a.m.  Nov. 18.

            "The police department looks great," council President Tracey Hunsinger said during the meeting.

            After the meeting, Fry explained that the borough's three-person police department was in the process of moving into its new headquarters, and that most of its current work is occurring at borough hall.

            In other news, council voted to appoint six members to a newly created civil service commission. Member Marita Thomson (two-year term), former member Robert McCluskie (four-year term) and Ed McHugh (six-year term) accepted appointments as the standing members. Melissa Yocum, Michael Wetzel and Tanya Jones were named the first, second and third alternates, respectively. Pugh voted against each appointment.

            The commission is required to organize within 10 days, according to Solicitor Stephen Kramer.

            According to a monthly police activity report released Monday night, the East Greenville Police Department and the state police responded to 56 total calls for public service in October, which averages 1.8 calls per day. Local authorities responded to nine criminal incidents, issued 38 traffic tickets and citations and made one criminal arrest.





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