WYSOX TOWNSHIP — Wysox Township supervisors unsealed and examined general contracting, HVAC, electrical and plumbing bids for their proposed new township building in a special meeting on Thursday afternoon.
The proposed building is slated to be built as an addition to the Wysox Fire Hall. The township had an engineering firm estimate the building cost to be $517,000 for the addition that will house township offices, a meeting room and storage areas.
Two bids were received for the general contracting of the addition. Middendorf Contracting bid $769,000 with an alternate of $1,500 and D.A. Nolt, Inc. bid $653,000 with an alternate of $3,250. Two bids were received for the HVAC contract, one from Middendorf for $57,450 with an alternate of $500 and one from Schoonover Plumbing for $89,900 with an alternate of $2,500.
For the addition’s plumbing, Middendorf bid $36,426 and Schoonover bid $44,690. And for the electrical work, Middendorf bid $76,800 with an alternate of $21,600 and Spectrum Electrical Services bid $83,810 with an alternate of $26,000.
After opening the bids, the township officials balked at the cost of the addition as the lowest bid package to build the addition would cost the township over $800,000, significantly more than what the supervisors expected.
“The reason for my hesitation is these bids are much higher than what the engineering firm anticipated that they would be. I don’t know, on a personal level, whether I am willing to go that high at this point. I think it needs some discussion in a public meeting and some thought process behind it,” township supervisor Bill Them said after unsealing the bids.
“We asked our engineers what the approximate cost would be and this is substantially higher. I’m not going to make a decision today.”
Supervisor Thomas Thompson made a motion to table the bids, seconded by Them, until a special meeting at 4 p.m. on May 31.