Bid packages are ready and advertised for the new municipal garage planned by the Mahoning Township Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt announced to his colleagues during Monday evening's meeting.

"We have the advertising out and bids packages prepared for any interested parties and we will be accepting bids until September 4th," said Steigerwalt. "There is a mandatory pre-bid meeting on August 17th at 3 p.m."

Steigerwalt said anyone interested on bidding for any parts of the building construction must attend the meeting or they will be unable to bid. He added that he would like contractors to pick up the bid package before the meeting, but said as long as they will attend Friday's meeting, they are eligible to bid and can be sent the bid package afterwards.

He mentioned he was planning to notify several builders about the contract including Shirk and Pioneer who worked with supervisors and their engineer when they began researching methods for erecting a new building. Steigerwalt mentioned it was difficult to find several prospective bidders' e-mail addresses as their websites ask the person for contact information instead of supplying their own. He also contacted the Carbon Builders' Association to notify them the township was accepting bids. Supervisor Frank Ruch said he had some addresses from the research process he would forward to Steigerwalt.

He told the board the plans were available in both a hard copy version and in digital format on CDs, but was hoping most bidders would opt for the digital copy of the plans. "I had problems with the initial set of drawings as the ink came off on my hands and the blueprint machine I used to try to copy them." He said he had to clean the machine to get the black powdery residue off of it. A second set of drawings delivered to the township on Monday seemed to be printed more permanently.

Steigerwalt said the board already has a septic permit, zoning permit and plans for the proposed electrical hookup were already sent to PPL for their input and are currently under review. He added that he was trying to reach Carl Faust to see what need to be done to obtain a builder's permit and volunteered to send him whatever plans he would require.

During the officials portion, Chairperson John Wieczorek told the board a letter was already sent to the Department of Labor and Industry requesting another extension while also relating the township's progress and the project going out to bid for construction. The project was started after L&I inspected the township due to several complaints about air quality and other issues which forced the township to begin the building process as the better value alternative to attempting to fix the violations they were cited for by L&I.