Municipal authority selects contractor for sewage extension

The White Township Municipal Authority on Monday awarded a contract to a Clarion County construction firm for the development of an extension of the White Township sanitary sewage system.

Bison Construction Inc., of Fairmount City, was one of six contractors that bid on the extension of service to 23 residential and 12 commercial properties in the Route 286 East area including Campbell Lane; Ober, Hamill and Airport roads; and a small business park along Route 286.

The proposals had been under study since the bid opening on May 10.

Bison submitted a bid of $3.052 million. An evaluation of the proposals by consulting engineers at Skelly and Loy, of Harrisburg, showed that Bison had a preponderance of needed experience in projects of similar magnitude.

Bison, which constructed a sewage system in the Fulton Run area of White Township in 2019-2020, provided references for 13 sanitary sewage installations and 21 similar excavation projects for water service or stormwater drainage dating to 2011.

At the recommendation of Skelly and Loy and township engineer Dan Jageman, authority board Chairman A. Eugene Gemmell declared Bison the “lowest qualified bidder” for the contract. The board unanimously accepted Bison’s proposal.

Pending the acceptance of the contract, construction may start before July 1.

The Route 286 East Sanitary Sewer Project will entail the installation of 11,500 feet of 8-inch gravity sewer pipeline and 3,600 feet of force main sewer line, manholes and a pump station. The cost of construction was estimated in late 2021 at $3.4 million. White Township has secured a loan of $3 million from S&T Bank to fund the project.