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Bids taken on probation offices

April 22, 1999

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Seven contractors submitted bids Thursday to renovate a former Pennsylvania State Police barracks into the new offices of the Franklin County Adult Probation Department.

The bids for general renovation, mechanical and plumbing work ranged up to about $250,000. G. Warren Elliott, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said the county had set aside about $350,000 from a bond issue for the project.

Three Chambersburg contractors submitted bids for parts of the project, along with companies from Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Hustontown and Zullinger, Pa. No contractors submited bids to do the electrical work on the building.

Elliott said the county will re-bid the electrical work. If no bids are receieved, the county can negotiate directly with companies.

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Director of Adult Probation Rixchard Mertz said his 34 officers and staff are jammed into about 3,500 square feet of space that was once part of the county's nursing home on Franklin Farm Lane.

The former barracks on Walker Road will provide more than twice the space and better security, he said.

The commissioners will award or reject the bids next week. With a 90-day construction schedule, Mertz said Adult Probation could be moved by late this summer.

Last year the state police moved from the Walker Road barracks to an 11,000-square-foot barracks on county-owned property on Franklin Farm Lane.

- Don Aines

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