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Antrim supervisors delay decisions on engineering bids

October 13, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, PA. -- Antrim Township Board of Supervisors stalled two projects Tuesday after receiving engineering bids that some supervisors felt were way too high.

Both bids for additional sewer headworks repair specs and full engineering for refurbishing the Martins Mill Bridge failed to receive support from the board.

Township Manager Brad Graham said Brinjac Engineering of Harrisburg, Pa. asked $3,500 to prepare bid documents for the headworks project and an additional $4,500 for construction oversight services. P. Joseph Lehman Enginers of Hollidaysburg, Pa. estimated full engineering on the bridge at $55,700.

Supervisor Fred Young questioned the necessity of paying for construction oversight, or what he referred to as an engineer telling a contractor that its work was adequate.

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The board pushed the issue off until its next meeting, Friday at 10 a.m.

In the meantime, it asked Graham to negotiate with Brinjac and also contact other, local engineers for estimates.

The board faced additional sticker shock Tuesday when Graham presented Lehman's bid for work on the Martins Mill Bridge.

The bridge has been on township agendas for the last few years in need of repair and reinforcement.

Insects have been feasting on the old wooden bridge, prompting the township to move forward with an insect inspection.

Supervisor James Byers questioned if the bridge truly needed significant repair, saying he did not feel it was quite "falling down."

Asking for time for the Parks and Recreation Committee to review the proposal, Supervisor Rick Baer suggested the board to hold off on a decision on the engineer bid.

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