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Lower Towamensing to accept bids for new basketball courts

Published July 26. 2012 05:02PM

Lower Towamensing Township should soon know how much it will cost to build basketball courts at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C.

The township will accept bids until 7 p.m. Aug. 14 for the construction of basketball courts, including accessories, at the facility along Fireline Road.

At that time, the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud as part of the township's monthly board of supervisors meeting. A bid award could then follow.

In July of 2011, the township received an $85,000 grant to install basketball courts at the facility. The grant came from the Department of Conservation and Economic Development, and was secured through the office of state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and former state Rep./Speaker of the House Keith McCall.

Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert said the basketball courts will only serve to further the enhancements made to the facility.

"We're going to maximize the amount of work we can do for the amount of money that we spend," Walbert said. "Our goal is to have it completed by the end of the year."

In March, supervisors agreed to award a contract to Livengood Excavators, Walnutport, 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, Supervisor Brent 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.

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