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Chambersburg to apply for sewer grant, rejects bids on another project

July 28, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council Monday authorized administrators to apply for a state grant to pay for one sewer project and rejected bids on another for being too high.

The borough will apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for $839,250 for the Falling Spring interceptor, a sewer line that serves the borough's North End and a portion of Guilford Township, Borough Manager Eric Oyer said. The money, if approved, would come from the department's Water Supply and Wastewater Infrastructure Program, he said.

A contract for the project is expected to be awarded in September, according to the resolution the council approved.

The total cost of the project, which will replace the smaller line with a 24-inch pipe to increase capacity to handle development, is estimated at $1.2 million, Oyer said. Under an agreement with the township, Guilford is responsible for 80 percent of the project, he said.

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"This in no way (will) delay the project," Oyer said.

The council rejected two bids for the South End sewer project. Springfield Contractors Inc. of Glen Rock, Pa., bid $1,512,000 on the project and D.L. George & Sons of Waynesboro, Pa., bid $1,748,219.

In 2003, the borough received a federal grant of more than $500,000 to help pay for the project, which would extend a sewer line down South Main Street and onto Mill Road. Plans for several hundred housing units to be built off Mill Road are under review by the borough.

Oyer said rebidding the project will not significantly delay the sewer line extension.

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