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Emmaus to submit new bid advertisements for work on two roofs

EMMAUS, Pa. - Emmaus Borough Council has postponed repairs to the roof of the municipal building and the Community Park Bath House at the borough pool.

At Monday evening's meeting, council unanimously approved rejecting previous bids for both roof projects and redrafting new bid specifications for the work.

Borough Manager, Shane Pepe, recommended to council that bids submitted by Haberstumpf Home Enhancements Inc., Emmaus, and Bachman's Roofing, Building & Remodeling, Inc., Wernersville, be rejected due to proposed costs for the work.

"Both bids came in more than we expected," Pepe said.

Bids for both projects were estimated in the range of $22,000 to $25,000. Bids submitted by both companies totaled a little over $39,000, Pepe said.

"The prevailing wage will kick this up another three percent," Pepe added. "That's unacceptable.

Both structures are scheduled to receive new rubber roofs, which Pepe said, will reduce the overall costs.

"As long as you do it the right way ... We'll get exactly what we want," Pepe said.

Pepe expects new bids for the projects to be advertised by Sept. 3.

In other business, council approved by a vote of 4-3 the first reading of an ordinance that will set the speed limit on a portion of North Seventh Street to Donald Drive to 15 mph as well as establish a right turn only during the hours of 7a.m. to 8 a.m. during school days from Pine Street to Macungie Avenue.

Voting in opposition were council Vice President, Brian Holtzhafer, and councilmen Roy Anders and Brent A. Labenberg.

According to council President Lee Ann Gilbert, area students previously submitted a letter to borough council expressing their concern with safety as to the streets in question.

Labenberg voted against the proposed ordinance based on the potential lack of enforcement.

"Unless there is going to be enforcement, it's a waste of money," he said. "It's rare something like this is enforced in a residential area."

Also during the meeting, council unanimously approved the resignation of Michael Nonnemacher as ambulance chief for the borough.

Council also unanimously approved Brent Stringfellow to serve on the planning commission with a term expiring April 1, 2017.

Pepe also commented that budget season for the upcoming fiscal year is around the corner.

"Budget time is rolling in," he said.

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