Paving bids under review

The White Township board of supervisors on Wednesday opened bids for resurfacing of several streets in the Chevy Chase Heights during the summer.

The contractors’ bids, opened by Township Manager Chris Anderson during the supervisors’ bimonthly business meeting, exceeded the amount budgeted for the project. Higher costs for paving materials this year have been attributed to corresponding increases in petroleum prices.

The township intends to resurface the streets where the Chevy Chase III stormwater improvement project in 2021 required excavation for installation of new drain inlets and pipes. The work is planned for North Fifth, Josephine and Fairview avenues; Center and Lincoln streets; portions of Shadyside Drive and Elkin and Ridge avenues; and Greenview Drive.

Project bidders include Quaker Sales Corp., Johnstown ($472,502.50); Derry Construction Co., Latrobe ($453,933.70); Grannas Brothers, Hollidaysburg ($506,424.50); and East American Inc., Indiana ($460,432.52).

Anderson said the township has learned People’s Natural Gas Company plans to perform excavation work in the project area. He said the township could postpone paving on the same streets and reduce the resurfacing project cost to within the budget.

The supervisors directed Anderson to review the proposals and accept the lowest bid.

In other business Wednesday, the supervisors:

● Learned that the township staff continues to study examples of other communities’ regulations on swimming pools. The board of supervisors several months ago directed the administration to draft an ordinance addressing pools and dangerous structures in the township.

● Heard solicitor Ryan Fritz offer recommendations and guidance for compliance with the Sunshine Act and maintenance of open records, as necessary, by the White Township Stewardship Committee.

● Allowed Anderson to pay consulting fees, as needed, to forestry and related experts retained by the stewardship committee. The stewardship panel was appointed in December by the board of supervisors to recommend the most effective forest management plan for White’s Woods.

● Was told by Anderson that the township expects to receive a cash benefit under the township’s insured protection against loss of income. The township filed a claim to recover revenue lost because of the pandemic-related closing of the S&T Bank Arena and recreation programs in 2020.

● Heard Anderson’s summary of resolutions, seminars and presentations by educational speakers during the annual convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors earlier this week in Hershey.

The supervisors will meet next at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 11.