A project to install basketball courts at a recreational facility in Lower Towamensing Township appears to have come in under bid.
On a 2-1 vote, the township's board of supervisors agreed on Tuesday to award a contract to Bruce N George Paving & Excavating, Kunkletown, in the amount of $79,520. Supervisor Brent Green was opposed.
The contract is to build basketball courts at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road. However, supervisors said the bid award is contingent on the review of the township's engineer.
That bid was $8,365 less than the $87,885 bid the township received from Livengood Excavators, Walnutport.
Green said he believed the township should have re-advertised the project since there were only two bidders.
"I think we should hold off," Green said. "My feeling is if we open it in the spring, you might get more people."
But, township solicitor Jim Nanovic implored the board to open the bids, regardless of whether it wanted to award a contract or not.
At that, resident Herman Bollinger interjected, at which time he voiced his displeasure with the manner in which the supervisors approached the project.
"You guys were out there with equipment; you dug everything in circles," Bollinger said. "Whose idea was it to pave it?"
Walbert told Bollinger "it was compacted and setting for a few years, and then it was re-compacted."
It was then noted by Walbert that the proposal from George was less than the $85,000 grant the township received from the Department of Conservation and Economic Development in July of 2011. The grant was secured through the office of state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and former state Rep./Speaker of the House Keith McCall.
Walbert said he believes the township should rely on its engineer.
"We just keep building barriers and nothing keeps getting done," Walbert said. "I think we should award the bid and go forward with it."
Bollinger said he believes "this is a push-push job, because that job should have never started."
Walbert countered that, "no, it's not a push-push job."
In a related matter, supervisors unanimously agreed to hold a joint meeting with the township's Recreation Committee to see whether the township wants to apply for a grant with regard to the parking lot.
That idea was broached by Green, who suggested the township look to create some type of master plan.
The date and time of the meeting will be advertised, supervisors said.
In March, supervisors agreed to award a contract to Livengood, in the amount of $138,885, to complete the recreational facility. That bid was broken down into two phases: $124,695 to level areas for the basketball courts, and install an erosion and sedimentation plan, with the other $14,190 to level various piles of soil.
The township received a $108,000 grant for the E&S plan, but a certain contingency reduced that amount to $104,000, Green said at that time. The township will use that, along with $34,000 from its general fund, to pay for the work.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the park in June of 2009. The township purchased the land from the Knights of Columbus in 2000.