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Belmont Complex parking lot to get $124,000 facelift

| Wednesday, April 24, 2002

EAST FRANKLIN - There won't be any parking or pothole problems at the Belmont Complex from now on.

For the first time since opening in 1959, the county's recreational facility parking lot is being completely paved.

The project is slated to pave the two lower parking lots and all of the entry and access roads. A third, upper parking area is already paved.

Bids for the paving project were opened at the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners' meeting Tuesday and the contract was awarded to the lowest bidder of three paving companies.

That was Winters and Fleming of Butler which submitted the low bid of $115,800.

"This will be a major improvement," said Commissioner Jack Dunmire. "It should solve all of our problems there."

The other companies bidding on the project were A.I. Construction of Homer City at $117,754 and Sharp Paving of Shelocta, $127,795.

Work will begin as soon as possible with a completion date set for May 8, in time for a scheduled event there May 9.

With the paving completion, a number of major attractions will be held at the Belmont now such as the ArmTech Showcase during the summer.

Engineering fees of $7,800 from Shannon & Associates brings the project cost to $123,600.

Dunmire proposed adding some of the county's liquid fuels funds to pay for the project.

"We go out of our way to share our liquid fuels funds with our municipalities," added Commissioner Jim Scahill.

"As long as we have liquid fuels maybe we should take care of ourselves this one time."

Liquid fuels funds in the amount of $43,600 will be added to: a state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant of $28,000; a state Department of Community and Economic Development grant of $29,000 provided through the efforts of state Sen. Don White, R-41st, awarded in April of 2001; $20,000 from the Belmont's capital funds account; and $3,000 from Snyder Associates to tie the paving into their abutting property.

In other county business, the commissioners rejected approval of a revised contract agreement between the county on behalf of HAVIN, Inc. and Mariani & Richards of Pittsburgh for an increase of $13,500 in materials and costs. The contract is for a brick repointing project for HAVIN's facility.

The increase would amend the contract award from $53,600 to $67,100. Dunmire indicated approval would be given once the source of funding for the additional $13,500 could be verified.

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