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Trio of bids received for storage building

August 05, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Three bids were received Tuesday by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners for a 6,000-square-foot storage building that would free up space in other county buildings on Franklin Farm Lane.

The low bid on the steel prefabricated building was $287,900 from Palmer Construction Co. Inc. of McConnellsburg, Pa., according to the submissions. The high bid was $318,418 from Premier Construction Group Inc. of Dillsburg, Pa.

"Part of the basement of the Human Services building is used for storage," said Assistant County Administrator Kelly Livermore. The storage building would open up about 2,500 square feet in that building for office space and meeting areas, she said.

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The Human Services building houses the offices of the Drug & Alcohol, Children & Youth Services, Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Juvenile Probation and Veterans Affairs Departments, as well as the county's Human Resources Department, she said.

The storage building will be used for storage of maintenance equipment and supplies now stored in the basement of the county-owned Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which also is on Franklin Farm Lane.

The site for the building is behind the Human Services Building and nursing home, she said. The board of commissioners is scheduled to award or reject the bids Aug. 11.

If a contract is awarded, Livermore said the building should be completed by the end of November.

Last week, the county awarded contracts totaling more than $900,000 for the demolition of part of Building 3 and a boiler house on Franklin Farm Lane, and renovations to the remainder of the building.

The footprint of the portion of the building being demolished is the planned site of a Franklin County Agricultural Heritage Center, which will house offices of the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service and other agencies serving the farming community, Livermore said.

The portion of Building 3 that will be renovated houses a program for youthful offenders and will include additional county office and meeting space, Livermore said recently. The project is expected to take about a year to compete, she said.

In the past year, the county spent approximately $685,000 to renovate Building 2 on Franklin Farm Lane, Livermore has said.

Proceeds from a 2002 bond issue are being used by the county to fund about $3.7 million in capital projects in 2005, according to a summary of the county budget.

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