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Youngwood library plans advance

| Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Youngwood council will vote next week on awarding contracts for the library construction project, which came in thousands of dollars under budget.

Bids were received for electric, HVAC and general construction at $72,000.

The low bids were: Marmat Construction of Hooversville for general construction for $33,000; MARC-Service of Windber for HVAC, $8,292; and A-1 Electric of Venetia, $30,000. A-1 is doing the electrical work for the new municipal building.

The project was originally estimated to cost $131,000, including $10,000 in architect fees. Council will vote during its Monday night meeting on the bids.

Because of a matching grant from Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Library for $65,000, the library should only have to come up with about $40,000 for repairs, according to council Secretary-Treasurer Diane Derco.

Council members agreed to meet with the library board to discuss specifics of matching the grant and which organization was paying for the project.

“The agreement was that we were providing the building, and the library was coming up with the cost,” council president Lloyd Crago said.

Project manager Brian W. Hayes, of L.R. Kimball architecture firm, announced that the municipal building is coming in under budget so far, thanks to construction change orders in the negative.

“It's looking good,” Crago said of the building.

Council will vote on Monday on a new street clearing ordinance, requiring utility companies to repair any damage done to the roads by repairing to the center of the street. Formerly, companies were required by ordinance to repair only the immediate damage done.

Kate Wilcox is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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