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Quincy sewer bids come in over estimate

March 08, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

QUINCY, Pa. - Sealed bids from 16 contractors were opened Thursday for the 20-mile-long Quincy sewer project.

The bids came in about $1.6 million above estimate.

"We will have to try to find more money," said George Crouch, chairman of the Quincy Sewer Authority. "We're already exploring all possible channels for additional money."

The total cost of the project, including engineering, design and construction, is about $8.9 million. About $6.8 million was estimated for construction costs.

The system will be paid for with low-interest federal loans.

It will serve nearly 900 residential and commercial customers.

Homeowners will pay between $500 and $600 for the trench from the sewer line to their homes. Homeowners will pay plumbers to tie into the system and disconnect their homes from their septic systems. They also have to pay to have their septic tanks pumped out and filled in, Crouch said.

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Crouch said it will cost property owners $1,000 to hook up to the system plus about $40 a month for the sewer fee, the amount needed to repay the 40-year loan.

The state has been after the township to install public sewers since 1993 to protect ground water and wells from hundreds of suspected failing private septic systems in the Quincy area, Crouch said.

Contractors were asked to submit bids on seven separate sections of the 20-mile system, bids on the combined seven sections and bids on the sewer treatment plant.

Merle J. Holsinger, the authority's engineer, said the township could end up with several contractors doing the work.

Contractors from Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey submitted bids.

The low bid for the combined seven section work was $6,433,347.75 from D&M Contracting Inc. of New Alexandria, Pa. HRI Inc., of State College, Pa., came in second with $6,992,025.75, and Pact Construction, Inc. of Ringoes, N.J., was third with a bid of $7,643,367.

The two lowest bids for the treatment plant were Howard Robson Inc. of Landisville, Pa., at $2,082,599 and Tonawago Enterprises, no address available, with a bid of $2,092,000.

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