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New Mt. Lebanon pool renovation bids come in low

| Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

After being sued over a disputed contract for the municipal pool improvement project, Mt. Lebanon officials made the best of a bad situation when a second round of bids for the job came in lower than the first.

Officials opened bids this week for the project to renovate the bath house, add features and make a sloped entry to the pool. Commissioners could award a contract during Monday's meeting.

The apparent low bidder is Clairton-based DiMarco Construction, with a $1.325 million base price, plus $58,000 for work on drainage systems around the pool, Mt. Lebanon Manager Steve Feller said.

DiMarco's bid — which officials will check to ensure it meets requirements and contains no errors — is $226,000 lower than a bid submitted in August by Plavchak Construction of Jefferson Hills.

A Mt. Lebanon resident sued the municipality in August, contending that Washington-based Waller Construction was the low bidder but the municipality allowed Plavchak to lower its initial bid for the drainage work.

Plavchak countered in court filings that there was a math error in its drainage bid, which Mt. Lebanon staff allowed the company to correct.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Court allowed Mt. Lebanon to seek new bids, and although Waller and Plavchak submitted bids the second time, theirs are higher than DiMarco's.

Feller said it could take several weeks for work to begin. The contract will specify that crews complete the work by June 15.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412 380 5625 or msantoni@tribweb.com.

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