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Storm drain bids opened by Greencastle Council

February 09, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle Borough Council opened bids this week for its two storm drain projects, awarding the contract for its Moss Spring Storm Drain Replacement Project and sending the other for review.

The council awarded Jerry Justice Excavating Inc. of Aspers, Pa., a $77,478 contract to place a 5-foot storm drain just south of Pa. 16 across from the new CVS.

Borough manager Kenneth Myers said the bid by Jerry Justice Excavating was the only one of nine bids to come in below the project's estimated cost of $79,535.

The council awarded the contract after it voted unanimously to entertain only bids for 60-inch piping instead of 48-inch piping.

"It is a cheap insurance policy," Council President Charles Eckstine said.

"I would prefer to spend the extra $20,000 now because it will be less than to replace the pipe later," councilman Christopher Grimm said.

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On Monday, the council also voted to send the lowest of 10 bids for its South Allison Street Storm Drain Project for review by borough solicitor Melissa Dively and borough engineer Frederick, Seibert & Associates.

The council voted to send the bid for review after Myers voiced his concern that the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) might reject the borough's application for a $350,000 grant to fund the project.

"I don't want to see council award the bid and have DCED reject the grant," he said.

Dively advised the council that it could award the $503,400 bid by Charles E. Brake Co. Inc. of St. Thomas, Pa., and not jeopardize the project.

"Awarding a bid should not compromise the process of getting state funding, but signing a contract would," she said.

Myers said DCED should decided on the grant application by March 6.

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