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City Opens Proposals For Wenzel Treehouse Repairs

September 24, 2018

SCRANTON — The city opened five bids Monday from contractors hoping to repair the popular David Wenzel Treehouse at Nay Aug Park.

Safety concerns stemming from dead trees and rotted branches that form some of the treehouse’s structural supports forced the city to close the all-season attraction in May 2017. Bids to complete the necessary structural repairs range from almost $134,000 to more than $254,000. Firms that submitted bids include:

n Fabcor Inc. of Jessup, $133,959.

n Multiscape Inc. of Pittston, $175,817.

n Mar-Paul Construction Co. Inc. of Jessup, $187,000.

n Scartelli Construction Services and General Contractors Inc. of Scranton, $215,500.

n D&M Construction Unlimited Inc. of Clarks Summit, $254,170.

Now that the bids have been received, they will be put through a review process to assure the city’s project-related needs are met and that the proposals comply with the established specifications and requirements, city solicitor Jessica Eskra said. Any that do not will be disqualified, and a construction contract will be sent to the firm that submitted the lowest responsible bid, she said.

While he had yet to see the submissions early Monday afternoon, Mayor Bill Courtright said the city hopes to proceed with the repair project “as quickly as possible.”

The treehouse likely will remain closed into 2019. Each of the five firms that submitted bids has a different plan of attack for the project, but city Parks & Recreation Director Brian Fallon said prep work at the site, including clearing the area around the treehouse to allow access for equipment, will begin later this year. The goal is for the treehouse repairs to be completed in the spring, officials said.

In terms of funding, the city will use about $90,000 from the Charles S. Weston Trust — a private, nonprofit foundation established many years ago and primarily dedicated to two other city parks, Weston Field and Weston Park — and a $10,000 Lackawanna County park grant to defray the cost of the treehouse repairs. The city will pay the remainder of the cost, Eskra said.

Contact the writer: jhorvath@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9141; @jhorvathTT on Twitter

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