A trio of projects could cost Palmerton Area School District over $90,000

The district received bids for the high school maintenance roof replacement, Towamensing Elementary deck replacement, and high school chemistry lab improvements on Thursday.

Fourmen submitted the apparent low bid of $19,025 for the high school maintenance roof replacement. That bid was $1,675 less than the next lowest bid of $20,700 by L&K Construction. Other companies that bid on the project were Hutchinson ($20,831); FJ Lesher General Contractor ($22,000); Home Solutions ($23,510); and ERX Roofing ($24,000).

Home Solutions turned in the apparent low bid of $15,307 for the Towamensing Elementary deck replacement project, which was $3,593 less than the next lowest proposal of $18,900 for Fourmen Construction. Other bids were from L&K Construction Services, Inc. ($19,800); and Bill Ankis Company, Inc. ($33,163).

As for the high school chemistry lab improvements, FJ Lesher General Contractor turned in the apparent low bid of $55,900, which was $15,050 less than the next lowest bid of $70,950 from Marx Sheet Metal. Bognet bid $77,574.

Based on the apparent low bids for the three projects, the total cost would be $90,232.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said contracts could be awarded on all three projects when the school board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In January, the board, on a 7-1 vote, approved Barry Isett & Associates to move forward with various projects. Essentially, the board approved, in concept, years one and two with investigation and design at a cost of about $4,808,400.

At a workshop held earlier that month, the committee was presented with an updated list of projects as part of a three-year construction plan that totals about $5,309,950.

In December, the board agreed to adopt a resolution to borrow $5 million and restructure its 2006 bond issue.