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Waynesboro Borough Council agrees to hiring of firm for square stormwater work

September 18, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Borough Council members bypassed some reservations about an engineering consultant on Wednesday and agreed to again hire the firm, but only if their conditions are met.

Dennis E. Black Engineering of Chambersburg, Pa., will be told it must release all original plans, drawings, electronic data and notes related to a stormwater management study recently completed for the borough.

In exchange, Black will be paid $17,000 to engineer upgrades for the stormwater inlets on Center Square.

The council, unhappy with the $17,000 price tag, wanted to look for another engineer to work on the Center Square project. However, its legal counsel advised that the earlier documents with necessary specifications had become Black's property under contract provisions.

"I feel we paid for that and we should get that from Mr. Black without any cost," Councilman Ronnie Martin said.

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"We don't have the data file. We have the results file," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

"We trusted in someone who has been doing work for the borough for years, and now they're holding this raw data over our heads," Councilman Craig Newcomer said.

Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said municipal crews will do as much of the stormwater work as they can to save money.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has yet to award bids for reconfiguring Center Square, Hamberger said.

PennDOT opened two bids, one at $2.8 million and one at $3.2 million, on Aug. 28. The project will "bump out" the corners of sidewalks so they extend farther into the intersection and synchronize traffic lights on Pa. 16.

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