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Issue 43— Thursday, May 16, 2019
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Township Hall
Rehab Scores
Only One Bid


By Jessica Cohen

LORDS VALLEY — A request for proposals for the planned Blooming Grove Township Hall renovation and an addition attracted only one bid, which Township Solicitor Stacey Beecher opened at the township meeting on Monday. The bid from Grimm Construction was for $628,546.
"Everyone's busy," said Nick Mazza, township supervisor chair. "We moved the start date to September to let construction companies finish their projects."
John Hannick, a Hemlock Farms Community Association board member, noted that they also encounter the same challenges with getting bids.
"We may have eight companies pick up the request for proposals and get only one back. Sometimes we see if the RFP has problems and do a rebid," he said.
"When we told contractors that we're using grant money, they had considerations," said Mazza. "Grant money ties our hands about how flexible we can be. There's a lot of accountability, and with the amount of paperwork involved, they might have to hire someone to deal with it. If they're busy, why go to the trouble?"
The supervisors will discuss the bid they received and decide whether to send it on to the township's engineering firm, Kiley Associates, LLC, to assess whether the proposal meets project specifications, Mazza said.


PennDOT Lists Pike Road Projects

DUNMORE, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced the major projects that are scheduled for the northeast region, including Pike County.
PennDOT anticipates investing more than $151 million this year in the region, with nearly $70 million going toward resurfacing.
Overall, the 2019 construction season for the district will include:
• More than 600 miles of resurfacing by PennDOT department forces;
• Some 62 bridges that are scheduled to be replaced or rehabilitated.
There are 43 projects scheduled to begin or continue in Pike County, including:
• 6.5 miles of the GAR Highway to be resurfaced;
• 13 miles of surface improvements to Route 739, Rowland Road and Milford Road;
• $69.6 million reconstruction of Interstate 84 in Blooming Grove;
• $104 million reconstruction of Interstate 84 in Greene Township; and
• Slide repairs on Route 434 in Shohola Township and Route 1013 in Westfall Township.






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