Low bidder Dave Roman Excavating Inc. of Reynoldsville, was awarded the contract, with a base bid of $258,606, for Sandy Township’s 2018 Community Development Block Grant project for sewer improvements in the areas of Maple Avenue and VanTassel Road at Monday’s supervisors’ municipal authority and regular meetings.

Township Engineer Perry Bowser said the bids were opened March 26.

“We did this in three parts,” said Bowser, noting that the base bid was for the original CDBG project.

Total addition No. 1 bid, with a price of $82,637.50 from Dave Roman, was for an additional piece of line along Maple Avenue, which may or may not be eligible for CDBG expenditure at this time, Bowser said.

“We’re checking into that,” he said.

Total addition No. 2 bid, with a price of $68,600 from Dave Roman, was for the meter manhole in the Maple Avenue area.

A total of five bids were received, ranging from the second lowest base bid of $332,488 from Continental Construction of Ridgway to the highest base bid of $474,200 from Bison Construction of Fairmount City.

Bowser said CDBG money will cover the base bid. Approximately $140,000 will be used from the township’s budget reserve fund in addition to money in the budget from the construction fund to cover the cost of the two project additions.

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Township Manager Shawn Arbaugh said the proposed meter the township plans to install will provide more accurate readings.

“We think there might be some issues just with the type of meter that was in place,” said Arbaugh.

Additionally, Arbaugh said one of the goals this year is to decrease inflow and infiltration in township’s system. The Maple Avenue addition is an area that Bowser and the consulting engineer identified as being potentially taking on extra flows from I&I.

“We think that this is a good project to use some reserve funding on,” said Arbaugh, noting that there is enough funding set aside for the project if it doesn’t qualify for CDBG funding.

With the recommendation of both Bowser and Arbaugh, the supervisors unanimously voted to award the contract to Dave Roman.

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