Girardville OKs loan for rooftop project, equipment
February 23 – GIRARDVILLE – After years of searching for funds, the district receives money to replace the original roof of the municipal building that has been under construction for some time.
The municipal council adopted Ordinance No. 2021-2 at its meeting on February 10th. This involves issuing a general commitment from Mid Penn Bank for $ 207,500, which will refinance the existing loan and provide bridging finance to build a new roof and purchase a backhoe loader.
The district received news in October that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Rural Development Agency, is providing a $ 49,500 soft loan to replace the entire roof of the building on Fourth and B Streets. A portion of the funds will also be used for the 2020 Case 580 loader and excavator, which will replace a 15-year-old excavator that had become too expensive to repair and maintain. The new excavator cost $ 91,500.
The building was built in 1977. The roof is badly damaged and leaking, resulting in patchwork repairs over many years.
The building houses the administrative office, the police department, the garage that stores the police vehicle and road authority equipment, and a large room for council and other meetings. The latter room is also used by private organizations for meetings and activities.
Katie O’Regan, project leader of Entech Engineering Inc., the district’s consulting engineers, has received bids from 12 companies. The apparently low bidder is Ark Contracting LLC, Mount Union, which bid $ 95,047.
Council President Charles Marquardt is pleased with the award.
“We actually received a bid for the soffit and the roof,” he said, explaining that separate bids were obtained for both parts, fearing that a combined project would exceed the budget available. “We actually came in for the allotted amount for all of this.
“That was a treasure from a deal.”
Funding is sought for projects on the building.
“Now we want to have the doors replaced and of course we are looking for CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) to get disabled access to the bathrooms. We were rejected last year,” said Marquardt. “We have applied for funds for rain drains and the bathrooms.
“We’ll be submitting the same projects and maybe by chance get the handicapped-accessible bathroom fittings and also the exterior doors that are rotating, (and) also get a new garage door and better lighting for the garage.”
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