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Forward supervisors reject bids for roadwork

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 2:41 a.m.

Financial matters dominated Forward Township's board of supervisors meeting on Monday.

The supervisors rejected bids for a half-mile stretch of roadway, accepted an offer to sell a truck and will interview two bidders to demolish the former municipal building.

KCA Demolition Inc. of Duquesne offered to tear down the building that was a school as well as a municipal center at 500 Liggett Ave. for $26,282.82.

But at the suggestion of two other would-be contractors, the board voted to call in Pittsburgh Demolition of Oakmont as well. It entered bids of $38,300 and $46,280.

Six of seven bidders made offers to do the work for under $70,000 but a Hagerstown, Md., company put in a $175,000 bid.

“We had some crazy bids,” board chairman Tom DeRosa said, referring to the Hagerstown company and the bids for paving a half-mile stretch of Pleasant View Road.

The township anticipated bids higher than last year because of the increased cost of asphalt, but bids of $110 per ton were deemed too far above the $82 per ton for similar work last year.

Douglas Dyer topped fellow township resident Rod Sawyers for the right to take the keys to the township's 1999 Ford F450 dump truck, $5,500 to $4,150.57. There were four other bids ranging from $858 to $1,681.

The board ratified a change in tax discount dates that already was in use, setting May 31 as the deadline to get a 2 percent discount and July 31 for face value taxes.

It approved a subdivision to the Vairo property, allowing for two acres for a house.

Supervisor Dave Magiske said plans are proceeding for the annual Community Days on Aug. 16 and 17 at Gallatin-Sunnyside Park. He said the event brought out 5,000 visitors last year — in a township with 3,300 residents.

Magiske said next year's community days will happen in an overhauled park. He said township engineer John Rushnak of HRG Inc. is developing specifications for a pavilion, overlook, walking trail, electrical enhancements, new steps and more handicap-accessible facilities.

Magiske and township Twin Rivers Council of Governments alternate Amy Cline said the township is getting a $200,000 Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund grant to help pay for the work.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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