S. Connellsville street paving contract OK’d
South Connellsville Council has awarded a contract for street paving to a Scottdale area company, but not before an attempt was made to award it to the second-lowest bidder.
Kendi Enterprises was awarded the contract Monday to supply 657 tons of paving material and pave the streets and alleys designated, with a bid of $34.27 per ton, or a total of $22,375.39.
However, a move to award the contract to A.C. Moyer of Lemont Furnace died for lack of a second. Moyer did the borough’s paving in other years. Councilman Fred Bates, who said Moyer had done good work, moved to award the contract to Moyer for a bid of $37.90, or a total of $24,900,30. However, Bates’ motion failed when there was no second.
“That’s more than a $2,000 difference,” said Mayor Pete Casini.
Councilman Bill Copeland then offered a motion to award the contract to Kendi, the apparent low bidder.
The contract was awarded with the stipulation the work be completed within 60 days.
In another matter, council moved to apply for a $38,000 Community Revitalization Program grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for the purchase of two pieces of equipment — a backhoe, and a boom mower to replace the sickle mower.
Council tabled plans to use the remainder of a Department of Community and Natural Resources grant to help repave the borough’s basketball and tennis courts. Two proposals had been received, Ward said, but there was a considerable difference in them.
“They need a lot of milling before they can be repaired,” said Carl Shroyer, street foreman. “It you just try sealing the cracks without milling, it’s just going to crack again.”
Council also plans to set up a meeting with Connellsville Township supervisors to attempt to work out disagreements concerning the borough providing police protection to the township.
“What they don’t seem to realize is that this was a month-to-month agreement,” council President Mark Ward said. “We’ve been getting bashed pretty good over not having our police up there. We did until the payments got three months in arrears, and then we stopped.”