Sidewalk renovation bids higher than expected, covered by county

Bids for the Jamestown Street sidewalk renovations project in Sugar Grove Borough came in higher than the original grant funding available, but some unspent funding from a prior fiscal year will be used to cover the difference.

Warren County Grants Administrator Lorri Dunlap said that the original estimate for the project was $15,290. “These funds are from Warren County’s 2011 Community Development Block Grant allocation,” she added.

Low bid for the project, which was awarded by the Warren County Commissioners to Innovative, Construction & Mechanical, LLC at a meeting last month, came in at $24,300.

“The commissioners elected to move unspent 2011 CDBG funds from the completed Sugar Grove Area Sewer Authority sewer line expansion project, into the Jamestown Street project, to supply the additional $9,010 needed to do this project,” said Dunlap. She explained that the original estimate was low because it was two years old and PennDOT also required additional work on the project.

Jim Stahl with Stiffler & McGraw Engineering said at the Sugar Grove Borough Council meeting on Monday that the project “was quite a popular project for such a small project. That’s the state of the construction industry these days.”

Borough Secretary Karla LoPresti said that the commissioners will pass a resolution that includes a budget change as a result of providing the additional funding. She added that the same company that is slated to install the sidewalk also did work in the town park.

“That was fast,” Sugar Grove Mayor Dutch Strand said of obtaining the additional funding. “(They) got it put together in about a day.”

The commissioners opened bids for the project at a Feb. 27 meeting. Other bids for the project were received by Concrete Service Corporation of Fairview, Pa., for $38,845.71; Heeter Enterprises Inc., of Knox, Pa., for $35,813.47; Rural Valley Construction Inc., of Rural Valley, Pa., for $34,231.25; H. Wayne Erdice Construction, Inc. of Jamestown, Pa., for $32,933; and John Anderson Construction of Warren for $27,456.