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Water tank, filtration system bid accepted

May 11, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - A new water storage tank and filtration system came one step closer to reality Monday night when town officials voted to accept a bid from a Hanover, Pa., firm for both projects.

In bids from several companies opened at a May 3 meeting, Conewago Enterprises submitted the low bids of $790,000 for the filtration system and $487,000 for the construction of a 340,000-gallon treated water tank that will be constructed at the reservoir site west of Clear Spring.

"With this vote we are only giving our approval," said Mayor Paul Hose Jr. "Now we must wait for state approval and then work can begin."

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The need for filtration of the town's drinking water was mandated by the state after several tests came back showing too much sediment in the water. A decision was made to construct a 33-foot-high water tower to hold treated water at the same time and location to cut down on construction time and inconvenience to water customers.

Vice Mayor Julianna Albowicz reported that she recently toured a similar facility being built in Union Bridge, Md., a town about twice the size of Clear Spring.

"Conewago Enterprises is the contractor on that project, and the town leaders there were pleased with their work," Albowicz said.

Engineer M.A. Kazmierczak, project manager with VIEW Engineering in Martinsburg, W.Va., said Conewago has experience in both areas to complete the projects.

Councilman Gary Grove made the motion to accept both Conewago bids and all council members present voted in favor. Councilman Terry Baker arrived at the meeting after the vote was taken.

The other bidders on the filtration project were Callas Contractors and LeRoy Myers, both of Hagerstown, and Trademark Contracting of Clear Spring.

Conewago, Callas and Greensburg Environmental, Greensburg, Pa., were the bidders on the water tank project.

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