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NESHANNOCK TOWNSHIP Officials under the gun to secure a contractor



Published: Thu, August 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



PennDOT placed a deadline on the emergency sewer project.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Neshannock Township supervisors were racing against the clock to find a contractor for emergency sanitary sewer repairs.

Supervisors Wednesday hired A.R. Oliastro of Ellwood City, which bid $18,342 for sewer repairs on Mercer Road.

John DiCola, who serves as township supervisor and road manager, said the township was under a deadline to get a contractor. He said the contractor must be able to begin work Friday and have the work completed by Aug. 11.

& quot;We need to have these repairs completed while the road is under construction. & quot; DiCola said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is widening the travel lanes and adding paved shoulders and drains on Mercer Road from Maitland Lane to 750 feet north of Mitchell Road.

DiCola said PennDOT found the six areas in the sanitary sewer line that needed repaired, and the township is under the PennDOT time schedule to have the repairs complete.

PennDOT plans to have the entire project complete by Oct. 31.

Glenn Geisel, representing the township's sanitary sewer engineering firm of Hatch Mott and MacDonald, along with township sanitary sewer supervisor Philip Battista, reviewed the bids and recommended Oliastro as the lowest responsible bid meeting all specifications.

The highest bid came in at $49,000.




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