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Lower Tow. eyes grant for rec facility

Published September 22. 2012 09:01AM

Lower Towamensing Township is banking on a grant to pave the way for the construction of a parking lot at its recreational facility.

On a 2-0 vote at a special meeting on Friday, the township's board of supervisors agreed to adopt a resolution to file for the $116,375 grant. Supervisor Jesse Mendez was absent.

The grant is a local share assessment fund, that, upon receipt, would permit the township to build the parking lot at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road.

Last month, supervisors awarded a contract to Bruce N. George Paving & Excavating, Kunkletown, in the amount of $79,520, to build basketball courts at the facility, contingent on the review of the township's engineer.

Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert noted at that time that the proposal from George was less than the $85,000 grant the township received from the Department of Conservation and Economic Development in July of 2011. That grant was secured through the office of state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and former state Rep./Speaker of the House Keith McCall.

In March, supervisors agreed to award a contract to Livengood Excavators, Walnutport, in the amount of $138,885. 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. 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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