WAYMART – Two projects in the borough are ready for construction once the weather improves.

Councilwoman Jane Varcoe said the Dollar General project is waiting for a break in the weather to begin clearing the land.

“The contractor should be bringing in the equipment this week,” she said.

The new Dollar General will be located by Ray's Shur Save on Route 6.

In its new location, Dollar General will have approximately 9,100 square feet and 30 parking spots. The company will own approximately 1.3 acres.

According to Todd Hamula, development manager for the project, crews were set to start clearing the land this week.

Hamula is with Zaremba Group, a real estate development company based in Cleveland, Ohio.

The other project is an addition to the borough building.

At a meeting in December, bids were opened and the contract was awarded to Grimm Construction in Waymart.

County Engineer Steve Knash wrote up the contract for the project.

“They [Grimm Construction] have until the end of June to complete the project,” he said.

Varcoe worked on getting a grant for the project, which is for $87,500. The total cost of the contract was required to must under that amount.

All base bids included labor, material, services and equipment necessary for completion of the work.

They also included an addition $11,300 for the air conditioning allotment, which was included in the contract by Knash.

“They want to start the project as soon as possible,” Varcoe stated. “They have to clear the foundation first before building the addition.”

She added everything is ready and agreed upon with both projects.

“We're just waiting until weather permits,” Varcoe said about beginning the projects.

Other business

The Waymart Police Department and the Waymart Borough Council are working together to apply for a grant that would provide two new vehicles to the department.

They would include a 2015 Ford Police Interceptor Utility and a 2015 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan. Both vehicles have all wheel drive.

The grant is through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Local Share Account Fund.

It is worth $76,000.

Varcoe said she submitted the grant and is currently waiting on approval.

“The vehicles come fully-loaded with everything on it, including the sirens, lights, paint, logo and the cage,” she said.

• Varcoe also said the borough is waiting on the project for the tennis court project at the Robert D. Wilson Elementary School.

The Waymart Lions Club partnered with the borough on the grant through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). They asked for $30,000 but received $40,000.

There is a $20,000 match for the borough.

“There's a special category for small towns,” Varcoe said.

She added there's a smaller match from the borough because they received more money than anticipated.

In September of 2013 the Lion's Club said the project would cost around $80,000 and that they would contribute $25,000.

“I'm happy with that and Dr. Phillips [Lion's Club President] is happy,” Varcoe said previously. “We are both ecstatic about it. It [the extra funds] means the borough won't have to raise quite as much money and it will mean the Lion's Club, who already have raised money, will not have to raise anymore.”