Scott Twp. road bids come in under budget

Published Mar 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm (Updated Mar 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm)

Scott Township officials received good news at their March 25 regular meeting regarding the bids for work planned for Swallow Hill, Finley and Kane Boulevard.

Bob Firek and Jason Di Loretto, engineers with Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering said the low bid for the project from A. Folino Construction, Inc., came in at $1,642,116.45, well under the estimated cost of approximately $2 million. Calling it a “very good bid for the project,” Firek said the cost per ton this year was about $64, compared to approximately $80 per ton last year.

In an 8-0 vote, the board awarded the contract for its 2014 Infrastructure Improvement Program for the base bid, plus add alternates 1, 4 and 5, to A. Folino Construction, Inc. Commissioner Stacy Altman was absent.

In addition to the work on Swallow Hill, Finley and Kane, which will be funded with bond money, roads which are part of the municipality’s annual road program this year include Ignatius and portions of upper Lindsay, lower Worcester, parts of Great Oak, parts of Rose Leaf, parts of Knox and upper Ryan.

The board also voted 8-0 to expend the remaining 2012 bond issue funds for Ryan Drive flood mitigation, and authorized the engineer to create bid specs and advertise for bids. The project is estimated at approximately $98,000.

Vince Fera of Pine Trees Drive asked the board how the decisions were made about which flood mitigation projects were chosen. Commissioner Tom Castello said they looked at what money they had left from the bond issue and where they could get “the best bang for the buck.”

Castello acknowledged that there are also flooding problems where Fera lives, and the township is seeking grant money from PEMA and FEMA to mitigate issues in that area.

In other business:

• Scott resident Pat Martin questioned the board about trees being planted in Glendale as part of a revitalization project. She said the trees are 20-30 feet tall and some are already touching the cable wires. Board members discussed looking at the trees and discussing the situation at a future meeting.

• The board voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance No. 1614-14 to amend the definition of normal retirement age for police officers. Current officers are eligible to retire at age 50 with 25 years of service. Officers hired in the future will be eligible to retire at age 55 with 25 years of service.

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