Decision time looms for Antrim supervisors on municipal complex

March 27, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors plans to make a decision tonight on whether to move forward with the proposed multi-million dollar Municipal Government Complex along U.S. 11 south of Greencastle.

Board chairman Robert Whitmore said the board will reach a decision tonight when it votes on bids for the six project contracts.

"We have to come to some decision because that is what we said we would do," he said. "We will vote on the lowest responsible bids."

Whitmore said the entire project began almost a decade ago when the board noticed the township was outgrowing its building along Antrim Church Road.


During the last nine years, the board has considered several locations and options for moving its facilities.

"We looked into expanding our existing building, buying land across the street and staying where we are, buying already-built industrial facilities, and buying raw land all before we purchased land two years ago," Whitmore said.

In 2005, the board authorized the purchase of 27 acres of land along U.S. 11 to be the new site of township facilities.

The vote tonight will be a significant one, according to Whitmore.

If the board votes against the bids, he said the project is stopped. If it votes in favor of the bids, the project moves forward.

Since the last election, the board has been split on the issue.

Supervisors Samuel Miller and Curtis Myers have criticized the board and township staff for the project, citing high cost.

"We vote as taxpayers and I have a hard time soaking the people for a $6 million project they will not benefit from," Myers said. "The only people who will benefit are the people who work there."

Township manager Ben Thomas said the project is estimated to cost $4 million to $6 million.

Thomas said the median estimate is about $4,608,600. He also said the project has a three-fourths estimate of $6,175,320, meaning that 75 percent of similar projects that the township looked at cost less, and 25 percent of similar projects cost more than the $6,175,320.

Whitmore said the board has moved tonight's meeting to the Kauffman Ruritan Center along Ruritan Road in anticipation of a large public audience.

Board meeting

What: Antrim Township Supervisors are expected to vote on bids for the proposed Antrim Township Municipal Complex on 27 acres of land along U.S. 11.

When: Tonight, 7.

Where: Kauffman Ruritan Center along Ruritan Road

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