It could cost Palmerton Area School District nearly $300,000 to replace assorted hot water heaters/boilers.

Six Companies submitted bids to the district on Tuesday, with Blanski, Inc. of Reading, Berks County, turning in the apparent low base bid of $296,300.

That bid was $28,500 less than the next lowest base bid of $324,800 turned in by Tri-County Mechanical, Inc. of Emmaus, Lehigh County.

Other companies that bid were K.C. Mechanical Service, Inc., of Mount Bethel, Northampton County ($329,000); Worth & Company, Inc., of Pipersville, Bucks County ($337,000); Bognet Inc, of Hazleton, Luzerne County ($349,000); and Sommer Inc., of Schuylkill Haven ($469,680).

Each of the companies also included nine alternates along with their base bids:

- Blanski, Inc: Alt. 1, $74,300; Alt. 2, $6,500; Alt. 3, $253,700; Alt. 4, $38,500; Alt. 5, $128,400; Alt. 6, $3,900; Alt. 7, $7,800; Alt. 8, $141,200; Alt. 9, $7,500.

- Tri-County Mechanical, Inc: Alt. 1, $66,000; Alt. 2, $6,500; Alt. 3, $268,000; Alt. 4, $30,000; Alt. 5, $113,700; Alt. 6, $5,100; Alt. 7, $9,200; Alt. 8, $133,000; Alt. 9, $2,000.

- K.C. Mechanical Service, Inc: Alt. 1, $67,000; Alt. 2, $17,000; Alt. 3, $262,000; Alt. 4, $37,000; Alt. 5, $149,060; Alt. 6, $8,750; Alt. 7, $12,900; Alt. 8, $169,000; Alt. 9, $14,500.

- Worth & Company, Inc: Alt. 1, $70,000; Alt. 2, $5,000; Alt. 3, $297,000; Alt. 4, $28,000; Alt. 5, $134,000; Alt. 6, $4,600; Alt. 7, $6,500; Alt. 8, $150,000; Alt. 9, $4,000.

- Bognet, Inc: Alt. 1, $72,000; Alt. 2, $8,000; Alt. 3, $298,000; Alt. 4, $21,000; Alt. 5, $129,000; Alt. 6, $6,000; Alt. 7, $8,000; Alt. 8, $163,000; Alt. 9, $6,900.

- Sommer Inc: Alt. 1, $117,784; Alt. 2, $66,664; Alt. 3, $489,680; Alt. 4, $20,000; Alt. 5, $74,000; Alt. 6, $3,000; Alt. 7, $23,000; Alt. 8, $246,082; Alt. 9, $58,000.

Before the bid opening, project manager Timothy Sisock, of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. Allentown, said that once the bids were opened, they will be reviewed, and a recommendation made.

The school board will make that decision when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at which time a bid award could be made.

Superintendent Carol Boyce previously said three boilers and one water heater at Palmer; two boilers and one water heater at the junior high school, and one water heater at the high school, are scheduled for replacement.

The boilers/heater at Palmer are 48 years old, the junior high, 28 years old, and the high school water heater, 49 years old, Boyce said.

In October, the board approved Barry Isett & Associates to put the bid out for the boilers.

Boyce said the district will pay for the boilers/water heaters from the $5 million bond the district took out in 2010, at which time it also refinanced several previous bonds.