2009-08-27 / Local & State

Project Bids Opened

Transportation Improvement Plan list reviewed Commissioners
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Transportation Improvement Plan list reviewed

Two bids openings were held Tuesday before the Fulton County commissioners in conjunction with the replacement of township road signs and an extension of the existing sewer system in Bethel Township.

A total of seven bids were opened and reviewed for the Bethel Township sewer extension project that is being funded in part by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Souders Excavating LLC of Needmore submitted the lowest base bid totalling $85,000 while also submitting a $950-percubic yard quote for rock removal. TMS Excavating LLC, based in McConnellsburg, turned in a bid of $97,673, with a $235-per-cubic-yard quote for the removal of rocks.

A bid totalling $121,855 with an additional rock removal cost of $65 per cubic yard was recorded on behalf of Fayetteville Contractors Inc. of Fayetteville, and David H. Martin Excavating Inc., Chambersburg, was recorded as having submitted a total bid of $122,400. Martin's rock removal cost was set at $150 per cubic yard.

Springfield Contractors located in Glen Rock, Pa., quoted a bid sum of $124,845 and a $59- per-cubic-yard price for rock removal. Shade Gap-based Steven J. Miller Excavating turned in a bid in the amount of $249,260 and a $150 per cubic yard fee for rock removal. Marks Contracting LTD of Lebanon submitted the ninth and final bid tallying $273,492 and $200 per cubic yard for removal of rocks.

The matter was tabled pending further review by Glenn Watson of David E. Black Engineering and county projects coordinator Karen Hann. Others on hand for the 11 a.m. bid opening were Maynard Bard, TMS Excavating; Lonnie Doyle, Fayetteville Contractors; Grant Benedict, David H. Martin Excavating; and Matt Eyster, Springfield Contractors.

The commissioners and Hann also oversaw the followup bid opening for the second round of the cooperative road sign replacement project as funded by the Shared Municipal Services Grant. A total of nine area municipalities have agreed to participate in the project.

Chemung Supply, located in Elmira, N.Y., submitted a total base bid of $13,985, and a bid from US Municipal Supply based in nearby Huntingdon was recorded at $12,885.19. Both companies offered free shipping for delivering the township road signs. The bids were tabled for further review by Hann and county solicitor Stanley Kerlin.

Planning and mapping director Mary K. Seville reviewed and updated the county's proposed Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) in connection with PennDOT's 12-year plan. The TIP spans 2011-14 and includes a variety of bridge and intersection related projects taking priority in Fulton County such as the Timber Ridge intersection, the intersection at Pigeon Cove and Buck Valley roads, intersection of Battle Ridge and Waterfall roads, runaway truck ramp on Route 16, and Licking Creek and Mill Road bridges.

The commissioners gave their nod of approval to the list, which will be submitted to the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission. The group also heard from Seville the county's solid waste plan has been completed and is currently on display. The document is available for public review for 90 days, and a public hearing on the matter will be held before the commissioners on September 22 at 11 a.m.

Sheriff Keith Stains met in executive session with the commissioners regarding a personnel matter.

Lindsay Lininger and Tiffany Ewald were both hired as caseworker II effective August 31 for Services for Children.

The commissioners met with Human Services Administrator Jean Snyder, business manager Tim Stanton and Treasurer Monica Seville on the current state of the commonwealth's budget and possible issues that may affect human services funding.

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