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Callas awarded Public Square contract

May 01, 1997

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Callas Contractors Inc. won the low bid to reconstruct Public Square this summer.

Council members voted 4-0 to approve the $381,213 bid contingent upon the state distributing $200,000 of federal funding to the city for the project and release of the city's community development block grant money.

The total cost of the project is expected to be $455,000, said City Engineer Bruce Johnston.

If the city gets the full federal funding, it will have $655,000 available for the project at the intersection of Washington and Potomac streets.

Council members William Breichner, Mark Jameson, Fred Kramer and Lewis Metzner approved the contract. Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein abstained from voting because she owns a business, Saum's Jewelers, adjacent to Public Square.

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Callas Contractors should begin work after the June 6-8 Western Maryland Blues Fest.

The contractor's work will include demolishing the square's four quadrants, installing underground electrical and irrigation systems and installing the brick, Johnston said.

Some of the items not included in the contract are buying the brick, benches and trash cans for the square, which should be done by the Mummers' Parade in October.

The 73,445 bricks will be purchased from Redland Brick Inc. of Williamsport for $19,830. That bid was approved by a 5-0 vote.

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