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Waynesboro council rejects stormwater bids

May 02, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday unanimously rejected construction bids for continued work on its stormwater system because of a lack of funds.

The lowest bids the council recently received for new work were —

  • $353,000 for South Potomac Street between West Main Street and Gay Street
  • $1 million for a South Grant Street bypass
  • $5.4 million for a large system bypass on South Potomac Street

However, only $4.3 million remains available from a Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST) low-interest loan designated for the work.

“We’re going to have some really difficult decisions to make,” Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

Hamberger said he plans to meet with Solicitor Sam Wiser and Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs to talk about options. Hamberger said they will look for ways to drive down the cost or reduce the project’s scope.

The borough council is trying to address issues within its undersized and aging stormwater system, which has been blamed for flooding in some yards and homes in periods of heavy rainfall. Particularly affected are properties along Cemetery Avenue.

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The council approved raising taxes this year to make payments on the PennVEST loan.

The first phase of the project made changes to an outfall along Cemetery Avenue. The original contract for that first phase was $922,000 awarded to Chambersburg, Pa., contractor David H. Martin Excavating, but a change order tacked on about $70,000.

David H. Martin Excavating was the low bidder for the additional phases.

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