2017-04-20 / Front Page

County Bridge Repair Project In Taylor Township Nears Completion

HVAC bids awarded
STAFF REPORT

A full morning of county business was addressed at the weekly meeting last Tuesday of commissioners Stuart Ulsh, Rodney McCray and Pete Lynch.

Following a review of updates from Keller Engineers (the county’s engineer) regarding the project to repair and resurface a county-owned bridge in Taylor Township, the commissioners approved payment of $48,739.07 to contractor George Hann & Son for work completed on the project so far.

According to the commissioners’ April 11 meeting minutes, a seven-day strength check of newly repaired County Bridge No. 1 (Wooden Bridge) tested above the requirement. It was anticipated that the approaches to the bridge could be paved April 17 and 18.

The commissioners, at the request of the county engineer, also gave their approval for a penetrating sealer to be applied to the bridge’s superstructure at a cost of $2,740. The application is scheduled for April 27 and 28.

County Bridge No. 1 was one of three county-owned bridges found structurally deficient by PennDot a few years ago. The contract between the county and George S. Hann & Son to repair County Bridge No. 1 amounts to $99,984.28. Forbes Road School District had been told that the bridge could possibly reopen April 24, but the county now says the earliest it could reopen is May 1.

After the commissioners gave their approval to a FY2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) contract revision to allocate CDBG funds to the McConnellsburg and Warfordsburg senior center heating, ventilation and air-conditioning projects, bids were awarded to McCleary Heating & Cooling, Chambersburg, $7,965, McConnellsburg senior center; and Rodney B. Smith Plumbing, Heating & Cooling LLC, Chambersburg, $22,422, Warfordsburg senior center.

A recertification/contract with EPS of Vermont for HazMat services was endorsed by the three commissioners. The contract secures the company’s services on a retainer basis that the county only pays when there is no billable party, the meeting minutes said

The commissioners gave Dennis Koons, an investment executive with Raymond James, the go-ahead to move $776,000 of county employee retirement funds from Vanguard to Raymond James. A resolution advising the county retirement board to move the funds was also executed.

No action was taken by the commissioners following a meeting with Stephanie Stohon and Michael Lamb, of Wessel & Co., certified public accountants and business consultants from Bedford, who presented a proposal for retaining professional services regarding the county chief financial officer transition and advisory services.

In other business last week, the commissioners OK’d a request from Paul Coffman to set up a produce stand on Wednesdays in the county’s upper parking lot June – September, and they proclaimed April Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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