Antrim Township renovation bids awarded with caveat

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

Bids for municipal building renovations were awarded by the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors July 23, though one member voted in the affirmative with reluctance. With only three supervisors present, James Byers said a unanimous vote was needed to move forward, but he opposed the scope of the project, because "this plan is not looking into the future or has much vision."

The renovation guts the building to move offices, upgrades technology, adds a second entrance, and modernizes the exterior.

Byers said since the majority of the board supported the plans, he would not delay the process until a full board was present, as that would not benefit taxpayers. He, Fred Young III and Pat Heraty approved the bids. John Alleman and Rick Baer were absent.

Byers said he preferred that the garage doors be fixed, new bathrooms be installed and the zoning office be moved. Beyond that, "There is no room for future growth. And we will grow. This is the slowest rate in the past 20 years. I won't hold you up. It's one of those tough decisions where you do what's best, or stand by your principles."

Construction will cost $563,065. The base bid of $354,000 went to Waynesboro Construction Co., Inc. The highest of the seven bids was over $410,000. Two bids for plumbing and HVAC were received, and both went to W.C. Eshenaur & Son, Inc., Harrisburg, at $38,993 and $73,500 respectively. The electrical bid went to Ken Haines, Greencastle, low of three bids, at $64, 900. The only bidder for flooring was from Henry's Floor Covering, Inc., Greencastle, at $31,672. No bids were submitted for site landscaping. As a result, Antrim will readvertise the need.

During construction, all meetings of Antrim Township boards and committees will be held at Greencastle Senior Center, 10615 Antrim Church Road, effective Aug. 5.

Other business

Antrim administrator Brad Graham had been in contact with PennDOT about signalizing the Mason Road railroad crossing, in light of a July 8 vehicle/train accident in which a Greencastle man was seriously injured. Antrim would be required to pay $6,500 of the engineering cost. If construction took place, it would cost up to $300,000, using federal and other funds. No action was taken.

Graham announced that Franklin County had agreed to pay its share for hooking the Greencastle Senior Center to public sewer, which would also happen with the township building during its renovation.

Park director Mike Condo received approval to install 10 benches at the Antrim Township Community Park dog park, at a cost of $6,163.