AOAA seeks contractor for electrical work
SHAMOKIN - The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) Authority will again seek an electrical contractor to work at the welcome center that is under construction along Route 125 in Coal Township.
The board rejected all electrical bids during a special meeting Wednesday at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center and voted to again advertise for a contractor. In the meantime, students from Northumberland County Career and Technology Center will rough-in electrical wiring inside and outside the building.
The students will be on site next week, according to Jim Backes, authority chairman. Supplies not exceeding $4,000 will be purchased.
Backes said the students' work will prevent the project from grinding to a halt. However, he said it's likely the already extended project deadline of Oct. 19 will be pushed into November at the next meeting.
The electrical work will be put to bid next week. Backes expects a 10-day bid period and a contractor on-site between mid- and late-October.
Paul Risk Associates is the general contractor on the $1.6 million project to create a welcome center and trailhead.
PennDOT, which is reviewing the 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. It was next in line for the job after the lowest bidder, J.B. Electric Corp., of Minersville, 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.
Pennoni Associates Inc., project engineer, will remove from bid specifications change order items and rough-in work and will add access road lighting and installation of an unspecified security system.
Construction of an access road will continue as planned, Backes said.
With the career and technology center donating manpower, authority member Pat Mack compared the new bid specifications to a remodel versus a new job.
In other business
The authority approved changes orders at the trailhead project: $2,796 to Risk for upgraded ceiling insulation; $24,400 to Risk and Rutledge Excavating to supply and install conduit and poles for site lighting; $3,413 to Risk and Rutledge to install a French drain, and $4,275 to Rutledge Excavating to spread compost.
The county planning office will be asked to pay a $2,796 invoice from PPL for excess length to run service to the welcome center. Also, a right-of-way agreement was authorized with PPL to construct and maintain a transformer and underground facilities on site to supply electric service to the trailhead.