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Bids for Slatington walking park project top $152,000

Published June 26. 2010 09:00AM

The creation of a walking park at the site of its former high school could cost Slatington over $150,000.

The borough received three bids for the Main Street Park Project on Thursday. In addition, there were six alternates included with the base bid.

Livengood Excavators, Inc., of Walnutport, submitted the apparent low bid of $152,362, $2,187 less than the next lowest bid of $154,549 turned in by RGC Development of Bath. Kobalt Construction of Swiftwater bid $168,485.

Borough Manager Stephen Salvesen said the borough was satisfied with the proposals.

"It was very very close, very tight bidding," Salvesen said. "We're very pleased; we knew from the outset that we were asking the contractors to bid on more of a project than money that we had."

Salvesen said the borough has about $110,000 to spend on the project, which could involve site work for parking improvements, landscaping and the addition of sidewalks, stairs and walls, and consists of furnishing all labor, materials, equipment and appurtenances. That includes erosion and sedimentation controls, clearing and grubbing, demolition of existing sidewalks, stripping and stockpiling topsoil, rough grading of the site, spreading topsoil, seeding, installing a freeze proof yard hydrant and water fountain, parking improvements, and installation of a project sign.

"It doesn't look like a lot of that may be put in right away," Salvesen said. "But, at least now, we can always ask for donations from former graduates of Slatington High School, or other businesses."

Salvesen said the bids will be reviewed when council meets at 7 p.m. Monday. He said a recommendation to award the bid would likely be made at council's July 12 meeting.

The park will be located at Second and Main streets, the site of Slatington's former high school.

Salvesen previously said the project will create a "passive park" for residents, where a key feature will be a kiosk suitable for wedding photographs, small concerts, and for other civic events.

Dan Stevens, president of Northern Lehigh Future Focus, and chairman of the borough's Human and Community Services Committee, said the borough previously received $76,225 from Lehigh County, as well as $40,000 from the State Department of Community and Economic Resources. Stevens said the borough expects to receive $3,000 from the Lehigh Valley Chamber Foundation, and added the borough has spent $9,000 for eight benches.

Built in 1918, the former high school building fell into disrepair and was razed in 2001.

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