AOAA Authority approves new electrical contractor
SHAMOKIN - The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) Authority approved a new electrical contractor for the $1.6 million welcome center that is under construction along Route 125 in Coal Township.
The authority members unanimously approved Kreco Electric from Coal Township Monday night at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center for a contract in the amount of $72,997, which is $23,956 less than the previous electrical contractor.
The authority members granted a 29-day extension to general contractor Paul Risk Associates, Quarryville, in September, and they voted Monday to grant them relief from a $250 per day penalty fee since the delay was not the fault of the general contractor.
"They probably would have been done by now if not for the electrical," Chairman James Backes said.
PennDOT, which reviewed the original bids, took issue with paperwork regarding state laws on Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) submitted by Shannon A. Smith Inc., of Myerstown. The Smith firm, already under contract for mechanical/HVAC at the site, was the second lowest bidder on the electrical work at $96,953. The lowest bidder was J.B. Electric Corp., of Minersville, that had its $92,390 bid rejected on a DBE issue. A state panel was to decide the fate of the Smith bid on Oct. 2, but the authority wished to reject all bids and start anew.
While new bids were being solicited, students from Northumberland County Career and Technology Center roughed in electrical wiring inside and outside the building.
Other bids Monday night included PSI Pumping Solutions Inc. at $87,000 and Frank's Electrical Construction Inc. at $114,950.
In other business
Authority members recommended the Northumberland County Planning Department pay the general contractor $367,830.90; Bognet Inc., Hazleton, $20,973.48; and Shannon A. Smith Inc. $18,060.30.
The authority members also approved $57,882 worth of change orders, which consists of $5,400 for additional wiring in the well system; $24,560 for relocating the well and drilling deeper than expected; $9,756 for the purchase of two on-site solar powered, wireless security cameras, poles, relocations of said poles and off-hour site review along with cellular Internet for one year; $5,373 for garage door systems; $2,150 for trim around the welcome center rooms, and $10,643 to change the regular light fixtures to LED light fixtures.
Barry Yorwarth, authority member, said the paving around the building and other paths have been completed, and paving toward Route 125 is expected to be done today.
"They are really moving along," he said.
The authority is "happy at the progress," Backes said.
The general contractor has until Nov. 1 to finish the work and the new electrical contractor has until Nov. 30 to finish.
The authority members also approved:
- The purchase of 100 additional Carsonite trail signs from Bernsten International Inc, Madison, Wis., in the amount of $2,000.
- The use-of-property requests from Greater Pennsylvania Area Xterra Club, Nov. 2; Jeep Fiend Club, Nov. 3; North American XJ Association, Nov. 9; Long Island Off Road Club, Nov. 9; Lehigh Valley ATV Association, Nov. 17, and PA Jeeps, Nov. 16.