by Jonathan Weaver
A storm sewer installation project discussed for two years in Manor Township may begin this fall.
County Planning and Development Division Director Adrienne Commodore told supervisors that the environmental review for the storm sewer improvement project along Short Street (near the Manorville Post Office and Manor Township Fire Hall) utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds has been completed and the next step can be taken.
“We can proceed with bidding the project,” Commodore said. “I talked with Michael Malak from Senate Engineering and he told me the permits were in order, so we’ll be working to get that bid out.”
After officials prepare bid documents and receive updated wage rates, a bid opening will be held at the August 6th regular monthly meeting. If the bid is in order and within budget, supervisors could request approval from the Armstrong County Commissioners later that month.
“Worst case scenario, we could feasibly be under-construction sometime the week of the 22nd of September,” Commodore said. “And, according to (Malak), it should not take more than a week’s time for the project because it is small.”
Less than $68,500 is budgeted for the project currently. In response to Secretary Jill Davis, if all bids received exceed that amount, extra money that is available from previous annual CDBG allocations can be transferred via amendment, but it will delay construction.
Five residents currently live along Short Street, and a majority of those surveyed were found to be of low-to-moderate income to allow for the use of the funding.
About $48,000 in CDBG funding was dedicated toward Short Street in 2012 and another nearly $20,000 in 2013.
Three bids for engineering design in that project – ranging from $9-29,000 – were opened by Commodore in April 2013, with Senate Engineering approved due to their low bid and familiarity with the Township’s storm sewer system and working relationship.
Commodore also received a cost estimate for a possible 2014 project.
About $48,750 would need to be utilized to extend water service to three residences along Boyd Road, based on the road’s condition and engineering.
The 2014 allocation has not yet been announced by the Department of Community and Economic Development.
More than $82,000 in CDBG funding was received in 2013, with 15 percent of that funding going toward the County Planning and Development office to fulfill administrative fees. About $20,000 last year went into the Short Street project and $50,000 toward housing rehabilitation.
A dozen local homes are currently eligible for the housing rehabilitation. More than $100,000 remains available for that project after supervisors designated money for that the past three years.
Costs will also be shared with the Manor Township Joint Water Authority.
Manor Township is one of five entitlement municipalities in Armstrong County – along with Kittanning Borough, East Franklin Township, Kiski Township and the City of Parker – due to its population.