BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. -

Township commissioners gave the OK to advertise for a construction manager on phase one of the Bethlehem Township Community Center renovation project.

Phase one includes “High Priority - Deficient” items as well as new dehumidification and UV systems.

Resident Barry Roth said that commissioners should not allow anyone involved with the community center’s initial construction to bid on the renovation.

“You can guarantee that,” said commissioner Michael Hudak.

Earlier in the year, Entech Engineers identified 25 problems at the BTCC that needed to be fixed.

The engineer’s estimated cost for all 25 items is $2.5 million, but the project is split into two phases, with high priority items pushed to the forefront.

Following site review, engineer Ryan Kennedy said he noted high priority items that had either failed already or were expected to fail by 2017.

The current estimate for the 15-item phase one is $1.6 million.

Once engineers drafts new plans for approval, the township will go out to bid for the project. Construction is anticipated for summer 2017.