Sheshequin supervisors award retaining wall bid
Sheshequin Township supervisors Monday awarded a project to repair a flood-damaged retaining wall to the lowest responsible bidder, pending review of the bids by the township's solicitor and engineering firm.
At $101,190, Dycon Construction Northeast LLC of Pine City, N.Y. submitted the lowest of five bids for the retaining wall replacement on Grange Hall Road. The project, designed by Joe Hunt and Associates, consists mainly of the removal of the existing eroded dry laid fieldstone wall and construction of a concrete block wall to replace it.
Supervisors expressed interest Monday in having the bid reviewed by township solicitor Jonathan Foster to ensure it meets the bid and bonding requirements set forth by the township.
The project, part of a series of projects the township has undertaken to repair damaged roads and structures following Tropical Storm Lee, has a deadline in the first half of 2013. However, supervisors said the township has received several documents from the state Emergency Management Agency each containing different deadlines, and the township has requested an extension of that deadline to July 2013.
Supervisors said former road master Gerald Place, who resigned earlier this month, and acting road master Boyd Shores had received letters from PEMA indicating several different completion deadlines.
A Nov. 9 letter written to PEMA by Foster's office requests that the office clarify the project's deadline. The letter states that the work was to be completed 18 months from Tropical Storm Lee's disaster declaration, making the project due March 12, 2013.
"The reason the township has some concern about the deadline is because the township received correspondence from PEMA in the past, in particular a letter dated Aug. 2, 2012 indicating a deadline of March 8, 2013 and another letter dated Aug. 14, 2012 indicating a deadline of Jan. 13, 2013," the letter reads.
Secretary Tonya Conklin told supervisors Monday that the township had not yet heard back from PEMA officials regarding a concrete deadline or extension.
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