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Supervisors agree to rebid Moore Twp. pipe repairs project

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

The Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting Aug. 1 opened with a special order of business. The board discussed a request for extension of the Moore Estates project.

The discussion resulted in denial of the extension request. According to the supervisors, the project proponents missed the deadline to request an extension.

In police news, the report for July showed 326 incidents resulting in four arrests. There were three arrests for driving under the influence arrests and one for harassment.

The fire and ambulance reports were tabled.

A discussion ensued about the bids for pipe crossing repair at Keeler and East Best roads. The potentially accepted low bid was for $139,000. The township engineer estimated the project would be closer to $70,000. This gap created a rich discussion that involved township finances.

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Gable reviewed the finances and expressed concern that if the $139,000 bid is accepted, township funds could be tight later in the year.

“I feel we can do both pipes. But we have to be careful with our spending,” Gable said.

After much discussion that involved the public, board Chair David Tashner replied with several options.

One option was to rebid the project. Board member Daniel Piorkowski motioned for a rebid of the project. The motion passed 3-0.

There was some division when the recreation committee leader approached the board and requested an enhanced batting cage at the township ball fields. The price discussed at previous meetings was about $1,900. The new cost is $3,900. The committee leader suggested the cost would be split between the committee and the township.

Gable responded it is not a true 50/50 split and explained how the township pays more than half.

Tashner intervened, saying, “I want to take a look at this before we approve it. We will review this next month.”

The board agreed.

Andrew Frey, an Eagle Scout candidate, requested permission to renovate a gazebo at the recreation center as his Eagle Scout project. The cost will be about $1,000. Frey said he will raise the money on his own, so the project will cost the township nothing. His request was approved 3-0.

The next Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting is 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive, Bath.