Antrim supervisors reject all bids for government complex

March 29, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to reject all bids for its proposed municipal government complex and head back to the drawing board.

The unanimous vote came after residents voiced strong opposition to the multimillion dollar project slated to be built just south of Greencastle on U.S. 11.

Supervisor James Byers made the motion to reject bids and further discuss the project. It was seconded by Samuel Miller.

Township Manager Ben Thomas said the supervisors will hold a work session to discuss the complex before readvertising for any project contracts.

With rising controversy surrounding the project and the vocal opposition of two board supervisors, about 100 residents attended Tuesday's meeting at the Kauffman Ruritan Community Center.


Most of those who addressed the board on the issue spoke against the estimated cost to build the proposed complex.

"Seven to eight million is excessive for this project," Fred Young Jr. said.

Architect Jennifer Greenlee of Newcomer Associates of Chambersburg, Pa., said the lowest base bid total for the project was $6,483,774, and did not include bids for alternate projects at the complex or any soft costs such as furnishings.

Both Miller and Supervisor Curtis Myers have criticized the board and township staff for the project, citing high costs.

"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."

Chairman Robert Whitmore said the project began nine years ago when the board noticed it was outgrowing its current building along Antrim Church Road.

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