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January 31, 2014

CamTran finds cash for project changes

JOHNSTOWN — Penny-pinching the construction project for CamTran’s new headquarters will allow the facility to include some important features originally cut from the plans due to budgeting.

Installation of two vehicle lifts was approved Friday by Cambria County Transit Authority board members.

The cost through a state-approved contract is $199,080.76.

“When the budget for the building came out, the budget was tight,” authority Chairman Ed Cernic Jr. said after Friday’s meeting. “We said if we were able to save in the project somewhere else, we’d put the lifts back in (the plans).”

By downgrading the furniture and trimming  some other areas of the $18 million project, more than $200,000 became available, Cernic said.

“The overall budget has stayed the same,”  Cernic said.

Jordan Kirby of project managers Michael Baker Corp. told the board construction is on track for the scheduled June 30 occupancy.

“We are getting it enclosed at the moment – roofing, windows, curtain walls,” Kirby said.

“We will have temporary heat in very shortly, which will get us through to warmer weather in the spring.”

Cernic commended the contractors and managers for adapting work schedules and continuing to make progress during the unusually cold January weather.

“We are quite pleased with the progress of the building,” he said.

In other business, the board approved the Jan. 17 firing of longtime maintenance manager Tom Maher, along with purchasing/service manager Shane Lint and mechanic Matt Molnar.

The firings were approved after a 40-minute closed-door executive session on “personnel matters” and “possible litigation,” Cernic announced.

He would not comment on what led to the terminations.

“It is a personnel matter,” Cernic said. “The investigation is ongoing.”

Randy Griffith covers transportation for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at photogriffer57.


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