Three bids for the Lower Middle Creek bridge work had been received by Polk Township. When the township engineer reported the numbers in those bids, those listening to them were amazed at the differences between the three. The lowest bid was for $92,140. The second bid was for $149,200. The third bid was for $297,100.
With all portions of all three bids in order, though there were some differences in how the work would be done, the supervisors awarded the lowest bid, as submitted by Mar-Allen Co. of Ephrata, by a 3-0 vote.
The work will begin no earlier than mid-June and should be completed sometime in August.
A report on the number of State Police related incidents in Polk Township, as presented by Cpl. Shawn M. Noonan of the Lehighton Barracks, also got people's attention. He reported that this year is about 50 calls over last year, with 275 so far for 2012. Thirteen of those were thefts from unlocked cars and 16 DUIs, with several prescription drugs problems among them.]
The barracks now has 22 police officers, allowing for more coverage hours in Polk Township.
Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company responded to 11 calls in February, the same number as last year February, with the 2-month total call being 26.
There is a high danger level for outdoor burning said the fire chief. The volunteers had 5 calls in 15 minutes recently.
The monthly compilation of the Codes/Zoning officer included 14 inspections and 22 permits, including 1 new home
The lot joinder of Stanley F. Hawk Jr. and Ruth A. Hawk along Rt. 209, west of Smith Drive, came before the board. The Planning Commission had recommended approval of the 3-lot joining and the supervisor concurred with a 3-0 vote.
The Township will get an estimate for top coating the area of Old 534 and Dotter'sCorner Road and work on correcting the lack of dedication of Overlook Drive, which it has taken care of in a minor fashion.
Replacing lights in the township building is continuing.
Considerations continue for a township auction of some large equipment and a board member for the 250th anniversary celebration being planned by Chestnuthill Township in 2013 has been requested.
It was announced that the Monroe County Council of Governments will hold its meeting in Polk Township on Monday, April 30, and that work will continue on various items including a review the proposed employee handbook.