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Brackenridge awards contract for Morgan Street waterline

| Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Brackenridge is one step closer to installing a water line on Morgan Street.

Council awarded a contract on Thursday to David G. Martin Co. for more than $300,000.

The bid was reduced by nearly $40,000 from Martin's first bid made in June. Officials did not say what changed in the specifications to allow for the lower price.

Borough officials said they hope the project will get started in August, but details were not available on Thursday.

The borough will be improving some of its smaller streets and alleys, which council members said are in “dire need” of repairs.

A contract was awarded to El Grande Industries for about $60,300, pending a clarification of the process used for the paving.

Borough engineer Gordon Taylor said the paving will be done using milling, which can be performed two ways. Milling is the process of breaking up the existing asphalt.

In this case, that material will be reused. The milled asphalt can be topped with a rejuvenator or two can be mixed. The rejuvenator makes the asphalt last longer.

“We just want it done right,” said Councilman John Stanzione. “Millings are such a big question mark.”

Council hopes to have the project done before the weather gets cold, but no other details were available on Thursday.

The borough building will be getting a few improvements this summer. A contract was awarded to Petrak Construction for $5,200 to install a new pay desk and window.

“We have to keep up with this building,” council president Robert Kemmery said.

Council had questions about where the project money would come from, because it wasn't included in this year's budget.

Council decided to take half of the money from the general fund and half from the water fund.

“I think that if anything, we need to crack down on the budget,” Stanzione said. “We need to budget for it.”

Emily Balser is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-7710 or ebalser@tribweb.com.

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