Concession stand back out to bid

PAT FRIDGEN

Maybe the sixth time will do the trick. The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors voted May 31 to put the concession stand for Antrim Township Community Park back out to bid. The board has had trouble nailing acceptable bids or standing by previous votes on the facility. Part of the funding would come from a $225,000 Department of Conservation and Natural Resources matching grant. Half of the money has already been spent on other projects.

Last June the board rejected a bid of $139,353 as too expensive. In July it voted not to construct a stand at all. In September it sought volunteer labor to no avail. In December the second round of bids were rejected for errors and omissions. On May 12 the board agreed to let students from Franklin County Career and Technology Center construct the facility. On May 24 the supervisors changed their minds and hoped DCNR would let them use a predesigned building through the state contract bidding system CoStars. Administrator Brad Graham reported last week that that was not possible due to grant rules.

And so the supervisors present put the project back out to bid, fearful of time running out. The grant expires Dec. 31. They are going for a simple design. The plan is for a block base with a shingle roof, and add alternate bids include split face block, a metal roof, and cupola. The Fred Young III/Rick Baer motion passed 3-1, with Curtis Myers also in favor and Sam Miller opposed. James Byers was absent.