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South Union selects local engineering firm for grants program

| Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 12:17 a.m.

South Union Township supervisors named a local engineering company as the township's Community Development Block Grants administrator for 2013.

Supervisor Robert Schiffbauer said the Fayette County Redevelopment Authority no longer will be the township's administrator.

“We feel it's in the best interest of the township,” Schiffbauer said.

Supervisors have worked with the state Department of Community and Economic Development to make the transition.

Supervisors received requests for proposals from Financial Business Solutions in Doylestown and K2 Engineering in Uniontown.

Schiffbauer said supervisors had to pass on Financial Business Solutions because while the company showed great interest in becoming an administrator, it lacked direct experience in administering block grants.

Supervisors awarded the proposal to K2 Engineering to administer block grants for the year 2013 because of its staff's experience with CDBG grants. They will then send K2's proposal to the DCED for review.

In other business:

• Supervisors opened bids for the township's fuel supply for 2013. The township received one bid from Freedom Fuel Services Inc. out of Uniontown. Supervisors voted to enter into a contract with the company for 15,000 gallons of regular fuel at $3.03 per gallon for a total of $45,450 and 6,000 gallons of diesel fuel at $3.399 a gallon for a total of $20,394.

The contract made clear that it was not a firm price for the fuel as changes in the market could set costs higher on delivery.

• Supervisor Rick Vernon reminded residents to keep their residential doors and vehicle doors locked. There has been an increase in break-ins and thefts between 2 and 3 a.m.

Residents were also asked to call the state police at Uniontown (724-439-7111) if they see anything suspicious.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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