BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Municipal Authority (BMA) received a bit of good news Tuesday afternoon when engineer Josh Gunnett gave his update on the upcoming PennDOT project at the top of East Main Street hill.

Gunnett reported that PennDOT awarded the relocation contract to Thomas Construction. The bid for the utility work is $427,208.19. PennDOT estimates the Authority’s cost will be $197,409.04, which is $17,835.63 less than the original estimate. The BMA share will be paid over a three-year plan with PennDOT. After considering several factors, the BMA decided not to pursue USDA funding for the project.

Gunnett said the utility work will begin this year, with the tentative completion date in September 2020. The total cost of the project is $4.83 million.

Gunnett also reported on other projects, including the new waste water treatment facility. The general-mechanical work being done by Global Heavy Corporation is 91 percent complete. Global Heavy requested a change order, due in part to bad weather last fall, giving 18 additional days of contract time at a cost of $9,487.13. The change order was approved.

Westmoreland Electric has completed 88 percent of its contract work.

Invoices relating to the project were approved, in the amount of $182,725.72.

The board also approved payment of the first interest-only payment to USDA on the project loan.

In other action:

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  • The authority will advertise for bids for the East Main Street project, with bids to be open May 7. The project will be funded by a DCED grant.
  • Water commissioner Clyde Bullers reported that the spring hydrant flushing will begin Tuesday, April 23 and be completed Tuesday, May 7. He said customers may experience cloudy water or low pressure during the flushing. “Customers who have provided their phone numbers will receive notification of flushing in their area the night before,” he said.
  • Gunnett reported that he and Bullers are now reviewing a preliminary 10-year plan for water and wastewater system improvements.
  • An executive session was held at the close of the meeting for personnel matters, with no action expected.

The next regular meeting of the Brookville Municipal Authority will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the Borough Complex.

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