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Antrim supervisors reopen bids for municipal complex

March 21, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors reopened bids Tuesday for electrical, mechanical and plumbing contracts at its proposed multi-million dollar municipal government complex along U.S. 11 south of Greencastle.

After receiving only one bid for mechanical work and one for plumbing in February from Eshenaurs Fuels of Harrisburg, Pa., the supervisors voted to reject the company's bids and reopen all three contracts for bid in March.

Project Architect Jennifer Greenlee of Newcomer Associates of Chambersburg, Pa., read the bids of six companies on Tuesday, including Eshenaurs Fuels, which cast the lowest bid for the plumbing contract at $429,171.

Rodney B. Smith of Chambersburg bid lowest for the mechanical work at $624,700 and TEI Electric of Frederick, Md., bid a low $881,200 for the electrical contract.

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The board did not accept or discuss any of the bids, but asked solicitor John Lisko to review the bids and present his assessment at the regularly scheduled supervisor's meeting on March 27.

If the board approves the bids made for the project next week, Township Manager Ben Thomas estimates the project will take 300 days to complete.

The proposed building has met with opposition from board members Curtis Myers and Samuel Miller who object to the project's "rising cost."

Thomas said the project has an estimated median cost of $4,608,600.

The board also discussed plans for economic development in the township Tuesday.

After hearing statements from Franklin County Area Development Corp. President Mike Ross and Thomas, the board authorized staff to investigate the cost of hiring a consultant to evaluate phase two of the Grindstone Hill Road extension.

The first phase of the extension was completed in late 2001.

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