Category: Manor Township

Ford City Borough Proposes Memorandum Edits

by Jonathan Weaver

An underground water main impacting construction of Ford City’s newest water treatment plant has caused both some tension and questions between neighboring municipalities.

Wednesday, Ford City Borough Council met with Gibson-Thomas Engineering’s Site Inspector Wes Sharp regarding Manor Township’s memorandum of understanding asking Ford City to pay for relocation of a force main along Neale Avenue.

“It’s a very simple tie-in,” Sharp confirmed. “We already put the new pipe in the ground.”

The issue surfaced in August, but Sharp said contractors will be moving 140 feet of piping about 25 feet to accommodate the new water plant. He estimated it would take less than an hour for crews to move the pipe if there is no complication.

But, questions regarding the memorandum caused Ford City Borough Council to continue their regular meeting to meet with engineers and discuss certain stipulations.

“In my experience, this is extremely odd,” Sharp said. “This has surprised everyone how difficult it is.

“It’s 140 foot of pipe (as part of a) $3 million project. (Ford City) lucked out and have a very good contractor, and (Manor Township) has lucked out by (Ford City) having a very good contractor to relocate this.”

Changes in the three-page agreement Ford City is proposing include indeed agreeing to pay overtime rates – but only outside of normal working hours -requesting AT&T remove all equipment from the Manor right-of-way within eight months – instead of agreeing to – and another “grammatical” stipulation.

By a vote of 5-1, Borough Council agreed to sign the revised memorandum and deliver a copy to Manor Township Joint Municipal Authority for consideration.

During the meeting, Council Vice-President Tyson Klukan – who opposed signing the agreement – viewed one of the original conditions as “challenging” Gibson-Thomas Engineering and, at Monday’s meeting, “ridiculous” that Manor Township wanted Ford City Borough to pay for engineering and legality fees despite existing costs.

Kukurin Contracting is currently off-site finishing another project.

Monday evening, Fenyes was concerned the memorandum’s conditions could delay construction of the water treatment plant – but Fenyes’ concerns were alleviated Wednesday after conversation with Manor Township Joint Municipal Authority Manager April Winklmann.

Update Provided on Manor Construction Projects

Senate Engineering's Ben Bothell updates Manor Township supervisors on last-minute construction projects ongoing throughout the area last night.

Senate Engineering’s Ben Bothell updates Manor Township supervisors on last-minute construction projects ongoing throughout the area last night.

by Jonathan Weaver

Senate Engineering hopes to facilitate many construction projects in Manor Township before the end of the summer season, Township Engineer Ben Bothell said last night.

At the supervisors’ regular meeting, Bothell gave Supervisor Chair Paul Rearick and Vice-Chair (and Township Roadmaster) Bob Southworth updates on improvement projects along Rosston Circle, Scout Run Road, Boyd Road and Township Secretary Jill Davis added details on a fourth along Fort Run Road.

“(Rosston Circle) is I would say about 95 percent complete,” Bothell began. “The final bill will be about $80,000 – about $30,000 under the contract.”

R&B Contracting – of West Mifflin – is repairing storm sewers in that area, but originally submitted a low bid of more than $112,000 to complete the work.

“One of the biggest reasons for (the savings) was they were able to go over the existing water line,” Bothell said.

He said the result increased pipe depth.

In July, Southworth predicted the storm sewers could be completed by the middle of October.

To continue culvert replacement along Scout Run Road, Bothell will meet with Manor Township Joint Municipal officials and Water Authority Manager April Winklmann with prices later this month from Strange Corp.

“Once that’s achieves and it’s determined what way we want to go, presumably the project will move forward pending on the season. Hopefully we get this done this year still – that’s the plan,” Bothell said.

Waterline and reconstruction along Boyd Road is to begin by Tim Fouse Excavating (of Kittanning) early next week.

According to the advertised request that began during the second week of February, the proposed scope of work includes the installation of approximately 300 feet of water line pipe; 30 feet of 3/4” service line, three service connections including corporation cocks, three curb boxes and three curb stops , and the connection to existing water line, among other specifics.
A trio of households will be provided a potable water source eliminating the need for a private well to provide water for their consumption.

Davis finalized the conversation about the potential-Low Volume Road project along Fort Run Road.

The project would add 6,000 feet of U-drain, but Armstrong Conservation District leaders recommended applying for a $22,000 grant for catch basin replacement along Ross Avenue along the Armstrong Trail.

“That would solve all the water problems,” Southworth confirmed.

“The whole road would be better off,” Davis added.

Supervisors welcomed the recommendation – especially since it would only cost the Township a $5,000 match.