Manor Township Rejects Bids for Local Road Reconstruction

Manor Township Supervisor Bob Southworth hands paperwork to Secretary Jill Davis that accepts funding for a Scout Run Road project that will improve drainage. 

Residents living in the three-block area of Milo Way in McGrann and the one-block area of Quay Street were hoping to see a better surface to their roads. But that work has now been postponed until at least next Spring.

Earlier this year, funding was established through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) process.

The township had used some of the 2016 funds on the Boyd street project. However, that project was done for less money than estimated and there was $34,679.92 still available.

Armstrong County Planning & Development Development Coordinator Kathy Heilman said there is time to re-bid the Milo Way and Quay Street projects before grant moneys expire. 

In 2017, funds were used on the Grant Street project. That project was also accomplished and had $20,495 still available.  Armstrong County Planning and Development Community Development Coordinator Kathy Heilman said the entire Milo Way project will cost an estimated $65,762.53. With a total of $55,174.92 from Grant and Boyd streets, that leaves a balance of $10,587.61 that will be paid from 2018 CDBG funds.

Manor Township supervisors approved final financing of the project earlier this year in June. It will include reconstructing the road surface and paving. The work was to be completed this Fall, but Supervisor Bob Southworth said that a mistake made by the state during the bidding process made it impossible for supervisors to approve any of the three contractors that bid the job.

“With the new information that we received that shows we are missing a list of services in the request for proposal, we cannot accept it,” Supervisor Chair Don Palmer said during last night’s public meeting.

The request for proposal had a deadline of October 28. When Planning office administration reviewed the proposals on October 31, they realized the mistake in the bid process.

Both Milo Way and Quay Street will be re-bid. Heilman did not have a time frame when it would happen, but said there is still time before grant moneys would expire to do the work.

“We have plenty of time to do that,” Heilman said.

Supervisors last night also received notification that their application to the Conservation District for funding to address flooding issues on the Scout Run Road project had been approved for $18,800. Southworth was required to signoff on the approval paperwork since he is certified for environmentally sensitive maintenance procedures.

Southworth said the road is located along Route 66 south just beyond Speedy’s Ice Cream. He said the grant would enable the township to add drainage to catch water so it wouldn’t run off into private property.