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Hunters Creek Bridge project to cost less than expected

Published March 09. 2011 05:00PM

A project to repair Hunters Creek Bridge will cost Lower Towamensing Township much less than anticipated.

The township's board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously agreed to award a contract to F.A. Rohrbach, of Allentown, in the amount of $43,590.

The company submitted the lowest bid out of nine companies that turned in proposals to the township last month, at which time the bids were opened and later tabled by supervisors.

The project is for the underpinning and wing replacement for the structurally deficient bridge, located on Covered Bridge Road over Hunters Creek.

Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert said prior estimates suggested the project could cost the township somewhere between $80,000 to $100,000.

Walbert previously said the township has $240,000 set aside in this year's liquid fuels account to address the bridge, as well as a five-year plan to repair township roads before they're eventually replaced.

Also on Tuesday, supervisors heard a complaint from a resident who said the sound that comes from a recently launched business is too loud.

Resident Dwight Moyer told supervisors "there's a sound emanating from a pellet plant that's just starting out."

"It's a very loud sound, and we can hear it from inside the walls of the house," Moyer said. "If it persists for a long period of time, the property will be depreciated."

Moyer told supervisors "it's an item that has to be addressed."

Supervisor Todd Solt said he went over to Moyer's home to hear the noise for himself.

"It's definitely bad," Solt said. "I talked with (township zoning officer) Duane (Dellecker), and he said he would talk with them."

In an unrelated matter, supervisors heard from a resident who said he'd like to put an outdoor wood burner at his house.

Resident Adam Kershner said he spoke with Dellecker several times over the issue.

"I want to put a wood-burner in to save money; it wouldn't affect anybody," he said. "In this book, there's nothing on outdoor wood burners."

Dellecker, who happened to hear the conversation from outside the meeting room, joined in on the conversation.

"These are not our regulations," Dellecker said. "These are DEP regulations."

Also, Walbert took a moment to commend the township's road crew for the maintenance of roadways.

"This has been a very, very harsh winter that has been very trying for township employees physically, and the township financially," Walbert said. "I'd like to thank the township road crew for the good job they did."

Walbert then read a letter from a couple who lives in the township that expressed their gratitude to the township road crew.

"We appreciate when people express their concerns, not only good, but bad as well," he said. "(Township road foreman) Charlie (Shupp), you and your crew are doing a really great job."

In other business, supervisors:

- Awarded stone and gravel bids for 2b stone, 4b stone and antiskid to Lehigh Asphalt & Construction, as well as stone and gravel bids for dirt and gravel modified and 1b stone to Stockertown Material Division of Haines and Kibblehouse Inc.

- Agreed to table blacktop bids.

- Announced there were no gas/diesel bids received.

- Adopted a policy resolution for Spotts, Stevens & McCoy policy and fees suitability testing and issuance of sewage permits.

- Approved, on a 2-0 vote, a lot line adjustment for Walbert. Walbert abstained from the vote.

- Approved a request by the Carbon County Fair for fire police for the fair to be held Aug. 10-14.

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