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Lower Macungie supervisors: Let there be light

Board approves contract for lights at Quarry Park

L. MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - Lights will grace a Lower Macungie Township park following Thursday night's commissioners meeting.

The board voted 4-1 to approve a contract for the installation and wiring of athletic field lighting at Quarry Park, which is west of Route 100. The project was awarded to Barry J. Hoffman Co. The Allentown-based company was the only bidder on the project, according to township engineer Alan Fornwalt.

Three other companies planning to bid on the project - CMD of Norcross, Georgia; I & Y Construction of New Enterprise, Pa. and Greg A. Vietri, Inc. of Coatesville, Pa. - declined to bid because "they were basically busy," according to Fornwalt. 

The original bid was also adjusted downward after PPL recently agreed to change the manner in which they are to supply electricity to the fields. The alteration will shorten the feed conduit and will also not disturb either the park's paved parking lots or the existing single phase electric supply to the park's restrooms.

It was because of this change that the bid no longer needed nearly $19,000 of items in the original proposal and reduced the final amount to $279,170.

In casting the lone vote against the award, Commissioner Ronald R. Beitler said it was not proper to spend taxpayer money in this manner.

"I'd like to see more than one bid," Ronald R. Beitler said. "I'd like to see at least three."

But his colleagues did not share that view because Fornwalt said the $279,170 was in line with what the work should cost. In addition, township Manager Bruce Fosselman said that it was under the budget the township had originally allocated.

In other business, commissioners authorized township solicitor Richard Somach to review and advertise an ordinance establishing weight restrictions for the Macungie Road Bridge which runs over the Little Lehigh Creek between Krick Lane and Millbrook Drive. The maximum gross weight to be allowed on the bridge will be 14 tons should it be approved.

Fosselman also reported that the township received to state Department of Community and Natural Resources grants. The first $106,000 grant is for the construction of a trail that would connect the Brookside Road area with Wild Cherry Lane. The second is for a multi-use field, a baseball field and township parking lots at Spring Ridge. The project is $125,000 grant-funded.

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