Delaware Twp. Tables Park Sewage Bid
Delaware Twp. Tables Park Sewage Bid
By: Kenneth Books
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, October 22, 2015
DINGMANS FERRY-Financial matters took center stage as the Wednesday, Oct. 14, meeting of the Delaware Township Supervisors.
When the bids were read for construction of a sewage disposal system at Recreation Hall in Akenac Park the supervisors voted to table the matter due to a wide discrepancy in the totals.
The bids were solicited for construction of two 1,500-gallon septic tanks, one 1,500-gallon pump tank, about 585 lineal feet of 2-inch, schedule 40 force main and a 25-by-100-foot elevated sand mound. But the totals ranged from a low of $78,000 from Kobalt Construction to a high of $285,000 from J.S. Write Excavating.
“I’ve opened bids for years and I’ve never seen such a wide range” said township solicitor Thomas Farley.
The other six bids were: $94,700 from Chilewski Enterprises; $108,857 from EBI LLC’ $151,000 from Residuals Management Services; $157,185 from Leeward Construction; $159,600 from JEV Construction; and $168,341 from Pioneer Construction.
In other financial moves, the supervisors agreed to pay several bills totaling $52,768.89, transferred $249,524.61 from several funds to cover expenses, voted to renew the State Workers Insurance Fund workers compensation policy for $20,912 and agreed to renew Aetna Dental Insurance employee benefits for $316.40 per month, a decrease of nearly 5 percent from 2014, and Aetna Life and Disability insurance employee benefits for $216 per month. Both are effective Dec.1.
Supervisors rejected four bids for paving the rear parking lot of the township municipal building: Wayco Inc., $87,954.60; Intercounty Paving Associates, LLC, $97,777; Leeward Construction Inc., $99,890.70 and Northeast Site Contractors, $107,021.
A $39,650 bid from Kocher’s Water Pumps Tank, Inc., Bath, for the Akenac Park water system reconstruction project was accepted, with an additional $50 for removal of existing equipment. Also bidding were Favor, Inc., of Jessup, $62,485 with an additional $3,853 for existing equipment removal, and Surburban Water Technology, Inc., of Gilbertsville, $71,000. Surburban did not submit a bid for removal of existing equipment.
The supervisors voted to donate $5,000 to Safe Haven of Pike County, an organization that combats domestic abuse and sexual crimes.
A motion was approved to purchase tile and grout for the Akenac Park recreation hall kitchen from Pocono Interiors for $4,180.
Also approved were motions to buy a new refrigerator from Mountain Restaurant Supply for $2,155.12 for the municipal building kitchen and the purchase of stairs for the recreation hall kitchen for $914 from Beech Pond Woodworking.
The supervisors also accepted the donation of a TSR Series commercial stove from resident Al Peselnick.
The supervisors agreed to waive the $309 building permit fee for the Delaware Township Fire Company roof and refund $372.32 in 2015 real estate taxes for Harold Strassburg, 106 Martine Court. Lot 52, under the disabled veterans real property tax exemption.
In Other Business
It was announced that a public hearing would be held jointly by the board of supervisors and planning commission Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6:45 p.m. regarding conditional use and land development at Delaware Plaza.
The issue concerns a traffic study, which the supervisors deem unnecessary, according to Farley.
Resident Jane Neufeld asked if state requirements would be followed if the study were waived. Farley said the issue would concern only Delaware Township’s ordinance. “The township can never supersede state regulations,” he said.
The supervisors approved use of the municipal building for several events, including a Medicare Part D open enrollment assistance program Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by the Pike County Area Agency on Aging.
Gambetta Ballet (Silver Sneakers) requested and was granted the use of the building each Monday, Little Acorns Daycare was approved to use the building Friday, Dec. 11 from 4 to 9 p.m. for its annual Christmas party, the Delaware Football League was granted use of the building Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for an open-forum board meeting and the Lions Club was given use of the building for an all-you-can-eat breakfast Saturday, Oct.
21 31 from 8 to 11 a.m.
An electronic recycling day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the municipal building, 116 Wilson Hill Road. The cost is $10 per carload.
Finally, the Delaware Trunk or Treat and haunted house will take place Saturday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Dickens Christmas will be held Saturday, Dec 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. Both events will take place at Akenac Park.