2012-05-24 / Local & State

County Opens Jailhouse Renovation Bids

Bids on electric, general construction tabled for review
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Having received multiple bids for work that would mark the completion of ongoing renovations of the county jailhouse, the Fulton County commissioners turned over the pertinent documentation to the project architect and solicitor for additional review.

The commissioners sat down with architect Brian Haines of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Tuesday afternoon to open four bids each for electrical and general construction work that have yet to be completed. Haines told the commissioners as well as a handful of contractors in attendance that the county had previously bid out and awarded the HVAC and plumbing contracts for the facility to Rodney B. Smith and Carl Franz, respectively.

In opening the newest set of sealed bids, which were to be submitted to county clerk Dan Swain by 2 p.m. on May 22, Haines recorded electrical bids at $39,100, Keystone Electric; $91,888, Southern Contractors; $99,960, B&B Designed Systems, Inc.; and $108,700, Fulton Electrical Services, Inc.

Unfortunately, an additional bid from Stewartstown Electrical Service was presented nearly six minutes after the submission deadline had elapsed. The bid was not accepted, and the commissioners and Haines later met with a representative from the company to discuss why the document could not be opened and accepted. The man told the commissioners in the event they were interested his company bid $80,000 for the electrical work.

Base bids recorded for general construction, according to Haines, included East Coast Contracting, $287,800; Rockwell Construction Co. Inc., $294,548; RT Contracting Inc., $343,000; and Palmer Construction, $360,000.

Each of the four companies submitted two alternate bids in addition to the base bid. The alternates would cost the county more money to have the west wall stone foundation repointed as well as spots on the north and south walls.

Commissioner Rodney Mc- Cray told Haines if he had done his job and if the county had done their due diligence, they shouldn’t have change orders. Haines stated after reviewing the documents he would return to the commissioners with a final recommendation.

Fulton County native Dick Hockensmith, a retired NASA advanced technology applications manager, presented the commissioners with information on a patent-pending system that he developed to help individuals improve their health through development of good habits.

Business manager Tim Stanton discussed proposed work that could potentially result in upgrades in the basement of the Shelley & Witter building located at 122 West Market Street. The commissioners viewed the basement Tuesday afternoon to help determine the overall scope of work.

Stanton also informed the commissioners of the need for a dump station to be placed in the upper level of the Services for Children facility. Stanton suggested placing the station in the employee bathroom.

The commissioners signed a provider contract with NHS Pennsylvania to provide services with the Services for Children. The contract will begin July 1 and conclude June 30, 2013.

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