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Walker park project changes with bid

The ongoing project to renovate Wildcat Park next to the municipal building in Walker Township is moving ahead, although with some changes.

The sole bidder for the project, Spotts Brothers Inc. from Schuylkill Haven, bid $106,866.48, a significant increase from the township’s estimate of $82,671.

“I spoke with (the Department of Conservation and Natural Resouces),” Mike Begis from Arrow Engineering said in an email to the township, “and we can reduce the scope of work from the bid project through an addendum. I also spoke with the contractor (Spotts Brothers), and they are open to reducing the scope.”

In order to get the grant, the bid would need to be approved by July 3. Since the next township meeting would not be until July 11, due to the holiday, they would have to hold a special meeting.

The township supervisors voted to accept Spotts Brothers bid under the conditions that the company agrees to reduce the scope of the project in an amount agreeable by Arrow Engineering and Walker Township, and that DCNR approve the additional funds of 25% more grant money.

Begis will work with DCNR on securing the additional grant money and with Spotts Brothers on what items to remove from the project to bring down the costs.

Walker Township supervisor Craig Wagner is advising motorists to drive carefully, especially during the spring and summer months.

“We have workers out mowing grass and doing some road repairs,” Wagner said. “We ask that people just slow down and be aware that they probably can’t see you right away.”

Township roadmaster Chad Felty reported that they are out cutting grass as needed, and filling potholes, and getting ready for the road project coming up that will involve work on parts of Catawissa Road.

Arro Engineering estimated the cost of that project will be $44,046.22. Walker Township will put the project out for bid. The township does not plan any tar and chip work this season.


Walker Township continues to look to hire additional part-time police officers for flexible hours, and will be advertising the position.

The rate of pay is $22 to $24 per hour, depending on the level of experience. Contact the Walker Township municipal office at 570- 668- 4603.

Fire company

New England Fire Company representative Chad Felty said the fire company had only one call during the month of May, a brush fire in West Penn Township.

The company’s chicken barbecue dinner in May was successful. Felty estimates they sold over 500 chickens and sold out of chicken.

The fire company will hold a Cornhole Tournament on Friday at the fire company at 7 Miller Lane. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.; games begin at 7:15 p.m. There will be cash prizes, and the bar and kitchen will be open.

They will hold another chicken barbecue dinner on Sept. 14, and a filling sale on Nov. 27.

Call Charlie at 570-640-6009 for details if interested.

Work on Wildcat Park in Walker Township will need to be scaled back. JAMES LOGUE JR./SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS