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Storm water upgrades for Waynesboro Center Square could cost $17,000

September 05, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Storm water system upgrades to be included in the upcoming reconfiguration of Center Square might cost Waynesboro borough $17,000 in engineering costs.

A proposal to design the system changes went before the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday, but the councilmen were not pleased that the work had not been covered under an earlier contract with Dennis E. Black Engineering of Chambersburg, Pa. The contracted engineering firm had evaluated the effectiveness of the borough's faulty storm water system and made recommendations for improvements.

"The contract does not include design work," said Kevin Grubbs, Waynesboro's director of engineering services.

When asked by Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon whether the designing could be done in-house, Grubbs responded that it would be possible, but difficult considering the other work for him and his colleague.

"I feel very strongly that we should leave it up to the people trained in this area," Grubbs said.

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The borough council and staff are looking to replace pipes at Center Square inlets.

On Aug. 28, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation opened bids to reconfigure Center Square. The project, which has been 10 years in the making, will "bump out" the corners of sidewalks so they extend farther into the intersection. Traffic lights on Pa. 16 will be synchronized.

PennDOT pulled the repaving of Pa. 16 from the project in hopes of lowering the bid amounts, but they still ranged from $2.8 million to $3.2 million.

"They're reviewing bids," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said. "The bids are $1 million over budget, and I don't know what's going to happen."

Four or five months will pass before work begins on the square, Hamberger said.

The council asked for another review of the previous contract with Dennis E. Black Engineering. It also asked its legal counsel to determine if the study is proprietary or if the design work could be done by another firm.

"This is my constituents' money I'm using to pay for these services," Councilman Craig Newcomer said.

The Center Square inlets were part of overall recommendations that, if done, were estimated at $6 million.

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