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Washington Twp. road bids arrive over estimates

Published June 10. 2011 05:00PM

Some Washington Township roads that were planned for repair may have to be dropped, since supervisors found the bids received at their June 7 meeting higher than anticipated.

Super pave bids opened at that meeting ranged from $397,605 to $282,775. The low bid was from Lehigh Asphalt.

Secretary-treasurer JoAnn Ahner said they were well above the $225,000 in liquid fuels money received from the state.

The bids were tabled for supervisors and the engineer to review them.

Seal coating with a low bid of $73,075 from Dosch-King was also tabled because they will be paid from the same pool of money.

A letter of thanks from the Lehigh Gap Nature Center was received for the township's $3,000 donation.

Two bids were received for the work on the food pantry. One, from Ashwood Enterprises for $84,546, will be forwarded to Lehigh County. The work is to be paid from a Community Development Block Grant administered by the county.

Citizens Fire Company received its annual $5,000 donation. A 2010 financial statement was received and found to be in order.

Ryan van Norman was appointed as an auditor. Normally an elected position, an appointment was made due to the May resignation of Shawn Wanamaker.

Justin Yaich, zoning officer, will get quotes for cleaning some abandoned properties where the owners are not mowing the grass. Solicitor John Ashley will file liens so the township gets reimbursed for the work.

Friedens Fire Company's Chief Joe Merkel requested the company's portion of the Emergency Vehicle Fund. It had to buy a new truck because its present one was no longer classified as first class.

"We bought a demonstrator and will have delivery in two months," Merkel said.

The truck cost $320,000 while the same model - not a demonstrator - would cost $360,000 to $370,000 new.

Ahner said the company had $21,260 coming to them and she could add this year's vehicle donation of $15,000, which is usually paid at the end of the year, for a total of $36,260. The company will receive a state loan of $150,000 at 2 percent interest.

Cleanup day will be June 18, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The township is trying to arrange electronic recycling for the same time. Resident Ed Ziegler will help try to find an electronics recycler.

Yaich's office hours are now 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, or by appointment. He has taken a full-time job as township manager at Maxatawny Township.

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