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Bids for municipal complex delayed

October 04, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The controversial Antrim Township municipal complex plan that has stirred debate for more than a year among supervisors and residents will not be bid again until at least January 2008.

In a 3-2 vote Tuesday evening, the board of supervisors voted to delay the bidding process until 2008, based on a suggestion from Fred Young III, who recently was appointed to the board to fill the vacancy left by Robert Whitmore.

"Fred Young feels that he wants to wait until he's an elected member of the board instead of an appointed member, and that won't happen until after the elections in November and then take effect in January," Supervisor Samuel Miller said.

Miller and Supervisor Curtis Myers voted along with Young to delay the bidding process, while Supervisors Scott Diffenderfer and James Byers voted against the delay.

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Miller said Diffenderfer and Byers worked on the municipal complex structure for nine years and wanted to build their original plan for the complex.

"None of us dispute that the staff needs more room," Miller said. "I'd like to get more input from the two new people coming in - see their ideas and work things out together to save the taxpayers money and get what they need."

The supervisors voted earlier this year to reject bids that came in at far more than $6 million and began scaling back plans in June.

Miller said the board wants to look at the cost of having garage bays and salt storage along with office buildings at the new site, versus leaving the garage bays and salt storage at the current office building and simply having an office building at the new location.

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