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Completing rec facility will cost nearly $139K

Published March 14. 2012 05:01PM

Lower Towamensing Township supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to award a contract to Livengood Excavators, Walnutport, to complete its recreational facility.

The bid to finish work at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road was for $138,885.

That bid was $66,579 less than the next lowest proposal of $205,465, from Bruce George Construction, Kunkletown. Other companies that bid were Nimaris Construction, LP, of Bath, $238,578; Lonzetta Trucking, $276,000; and M&J Excavation Inc. of Bloomsburg, $354,385.

Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert said Livengood's 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, said Supervisor Brent Green. The township will use that, along with $34,000 from its general fund, to pay for the work.

It was noted the project has to be wrapped up; otherwise, the township would potentially lose the grant.

"Our goal is to have it done by the end of the year," Walbert said. "We want it to be something we can all be proud of."

Walbert said the target is a mid-April start date, and a mid-May completion date.

Prior to the bid award, Walbert took a moment to express his appreciation to the volunteers who contributed their time working on the park.

"It's been a worthwhile effort, and I'd like to thank all the volunteers," Walbert said. "But, the work just isn't getting done."

In July, 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.

The township held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the park in June, 2009. The township purchased the land from the Knights of Columbus in 2000.

Also on Tuesday, supervisors heard from Barbara Green, owner of Blue Mountain Ski Area, with regard to the eventual Summer Splash water park.

Green told supervisors she would like to request a meeting.

"I'd like to request that the supervisors meet with me on that agreement," Green said. "We have an issue with the timing; we're not going to be able to do it within the time frame."

However, township solicitor James Nanovic told Green the supervisors can't meet as a board with Green.

"The township engineer, solicitor and a board member could, because you're spending money on the development; that was my recommendation," Nanovic said. "I suggest the developer (Green) agrees to pay for the solicitor and engineer to be there."

Supervisors agreed last year to grant conditional final plan approval to Blue Mountain Waterpark, L.P., to construct a recreational water park at the ski area.

However, as part of their approval, supervisors attached three conditions: all improvements will be installed as per the township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO); the township and the developer will enter into a developer's agreement; and developers are to comply with comments from Carbon Engineering in a review letter dated Dec. 14.

The Summer Splash water park will be located in a Resort and Recreation Zoning District, adjacent to the ski area on about 20 acres of the 58-acre parcel at 1660 Blue Mountain Drive.

Green previously said the park will be built in phases. The first phase will be the water park, and the second phase will include, hotels/time-share, and more rides, if the water park proves successful, she said.

Summit Splash would be an outdoor water splash park that would include rides themed after historic areas of the county, such as the Lehigh River, mining, railroads and the rich canal history, Green previously said.

The park could yield up to 30 more full-time jobs and several hundred part-time jobs, she said.

Also on Tuesday, resident Dwight Moyer questioned supervisors about the status of the noise issue he and a fellow resident have expressed concerns with in recent months that concern Great American Pellets, located at 2115 Little Gap Road.

"I'm here to ask about the ongoing problem with the pellet company," Moyer said. "I heard you have a meter now."

Walbert told Moyer he visited his home, and the decibel reading was "well within range" of the parameters of a township zoning ordinance.

Further, Walbert said the township plans to take more readings in time, and added that the pellet company has been "more than cooperative" with the township.

Last month, Walbert said the business has given all their operating records for the township's review, and added the township spent $300 to purchase a sound decibel meter to record the sound level.

Moyer, along with resident Jeff Mizgerd, have said they don't have a problem with the business itself; but, rather, the level of noise generated by the operation.

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