East Vandergrift sewage project bids miss mark
East Vandergrift hopes to have better luck on Monday when a second round of bids are opened for the borough's $5 million stormwater/sewage separation project.
A new round of bids was called for when, according to borough officials, the four lowest bidders didn't meet all the proposal's requirements. Among those requirements are that a contractor doesn't employ undocumented foreign workers and that residents of low-income areas have an opportunity to work for the contractor.
The fifth-ranked bidder, A. Merante Construction of West Mifflin, submitted a $5.148 million proposal. That's $148,000 over what the borough has to spend on the project, which affects 325 borough property owners.
Solicitor Charles Fox III said all rights of way have been signed and condemnations have been filed against property owners who haven't conveyed a right of way for the project.
Council has scheduled a special meeting for Dec. 16 to award a contract and give final approval for next year's budget.
In other business
• Council meetings for next year will remain the first Monday of the month, with the exception of the September meeting, which will be held on Sept. 2.
• Council awarded a $26,800 contract to Vandergrift to provide police service for next year. It's the same price East Vandergrift paid this year.
• A three-year trash hauling contract was approved with Copney Disposal of Apollo for $138,000.
Rates will remain at about $10 a month per household.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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