Greene provides update on parking garage

St. Marys City Manager Dave Greene provided members of city council with an update on the progress on the construction of the Depot Street parking garage during their work session meeting on Monday evening. Greene indicated that construction on the garage is currently about 67 percent complete. "It's still on schedule to be completed by July 15 of this year. They're right now putting the roofs on each one of the structures," Greene saidHe noted that the elevator will be installed soon and the painter is also currently on site working.The Area Transportation Authority (ATA) is still involved with the project and Greene remarked that he expects to hear more details about their portion of the facility soon. "We should hear something from ATA later on this week," Greene said. Mayor Sally Geyer inquired if ATA's portion of the building would be the first section that visitors reach when they walk through the doors. Greene responded that this would not be the case."That's our lobby," Greene said of the portion of the garage Geyer was inquiring about. "The next set of double doors will be into their lobby."In other construction-related news, Greene also explained that the city's road crew is currently working on street paving projects. "HRI has moved in. They've done the milling on all the roads. Our crew right now is working with Bucktail Excavators to get the base repair completed. They're also raising the manholes. Every man we that have available, every person we have available is working on this project right now," Greene said. A machine has also been rented to complete crack sealing projects throughout the city, according to Greene. "It costs about $4,500 a month to rent it, so they're trying to finish that up so we get that done within one month," Greene said. "So between the crack sealing and the road paving projects, we've got almost all the crew out working on them. They are all working on them. I don't have any extra guys. I have two men off that are off on medical, too."Geyer also asked Greene if he had heard anything regarding PennDOT's planned reconstruction project for a portion of SR 255. "They said at the end of May they would begin acquisition of property or starting to negotiate with the property owners. So in the month of June, or however long it takes, they'll be working to negotiate to acquire the properties that they need to move forward," Greene said.