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Bridgeville officials plan to examine sanitary sewer repair bids at the March 9 board meeting.

The borough placed a notice to bidders in February requesting bids for two separate contracts. One contract involves 31 sewer point repairs involving excavation and the other involves lining for about 20 lines. Some of the proposed lines are between 30 to 50 years old.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting held Feb. 24 attracted 18 companies. Bids are due by March 4 and the borough has budgeted about $375,000 for the projects.

“The turnout was larger than we anticipated but the meeting (was) useful in clearing up questions and helping understand the criteria of a bid,” Collins said.

The sewer work is being done as part of ongoing consent order updates.

“We’ve been proactive as far as working on and doing what we need to do,” Collins said.

After bids are opened and discussed at March 9 council, Gateway engineers will further examine them to see if they meet all criteria before making a recommendation.

Collins said typically the lowest bidder is chosen and that bids generally expire after 60 days.

There is no timeframe for work to be completed in 2015.

• Bridgeville also put out a request for proposal on Feb. 16 regarding a review of the current zoning ordinance.

Proposals are being accepted through March 4 for the project that is budgeted at $20,000.

The zoning ordinance was last overhauled in 2008 through a 9-month in-house process.

“Now at a time seven years later, we find things in the zoning ordinance that may need tweaked to be able to bring more business into the borough,” Collins said.

Collins doesn’t expect a major overhaul of the ordinance but rather updates and are inviting outside parties to assist.

“We want fresh eyes to come in and take a look at it and make it more user friendly,” she said.

Bids will be examined at the March 9 meeting.

“When we make a recommendation of what we want there will be a public hearing to receive public comment before it is sent to Allegheny County Planning for their comments,” Collins said.

Once approved by all parties it will be advertised for vote. There is no timeline but Collins doesn’t expect it to take as long as the 2008 update.

Alex Felser is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or [email protected].

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