Aug. 16–SHENANDOAH HEIGHTS — The West Mahanoy Township supervisors on Tuesday hired a contractor for its 2017 Road Program.
“There was only one bidder,” Michael B. Michalik, township secretary/treasurer, said at the August meeting at the municipal building.
It was Tropp Contracting Inc., Pottsville, which gave the borough two bids.
The first was the base bid of $38,150. It included:
–Gradall with operator, minimum 660 Gradall or equal, for 16 hours, $2,400.
–Tack coat vehicle, self-contained or tag along, minimum 200 gallon capacity, for 24 hours, $2,160.
–Paver with operators, 8- to 13-foot paving widths, for 50 hours, $7,500.
–Roller with operators for 48 hours, $4,560.
–Single-axle truck with driver, 8-ton hauling capacity, 124 hours, $8,060.
–Dual-axle truck with driver, 16-ton hauling capacity, 100 hours, $7,500.
–Tri-axle truck with driver, 22-ton hauling capacity, 42 hours, $3,570.
–Skid loader with operator and milling head and power boom attachments, 24 hours, $2,400.
Tropp Contracting also included a bid that included $5,160 of additional services:
–Gradall with operator, minimum 660 Gradall or equal, for 8 hours, $1,200.
–Paver with operators, 8- to 13-foot paving widths, for 8 hours, $1,200.
–Roller with operator, dual-drum vibratory 5-ton static and 8-ton vibratory, for 8 hours, $760.
–Dual-axle truck with driver, 16-ton hauling capacity, for 24 hours, $1,800.
–Skid loader with operator and milling head and power boom attachments, 2 hours, $200.
If the township supervisors chose both the base bid and the optional bid, it would cost $43,310.
After a six-minute executive session, the supervisors decided to hire Tropp Contracting to provide up to $43,310 for equipment rentals with operators, Michalik said.
The motion was made by Paul “Pepper” Martin, a West Mahanoy Township supervisor, seconded by Joseph Sweeney, supervisors vice chairman, and carried unanimously by David “Lucky” Lukashunas, supervisors chairman.
When asked which roads in the township will be paved, Lukashunas pulled out a two-page spreadsheet that he said was put together by the township’s contracted engineering firm, ARRO Consulting, Orwigsburg.
According to the list, the streets where work will be done included: Chestnut Street, Willow Street, Ohio Avenue, California Avenue, and St. Paul Street to state Route 54.
According to the list, ARRO estimated the cost of materials for the township’s 2017 Road Program at $55,386.46 and the total project at $98,396.46.
Michalik said the township plans to pay for the project with state liquid fuels funds.
During citizens comments, Andrea Evans said her mother resides at 435 Mount Olive Blvd., and she’s concerned about the unoccupied blighted home that is falling down next door, 433 Mount Olive Blvd.
Lukashunas said since the building is on leased ground, owned by Girard Estates, Philadelphia, he advised Evans to buy the blighted property at a judicial sale in county court, then knock it down.
Evans said she wasn’t sure she had the finances to demolish the property.
Lukashunas said he and the township police, which handle code enforcement duties, will review the case and see if there other options.
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