Council awards summer paving project bids

Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

Ridgway Borough Council got off to a quick start on Monday evening by opening four bids on the planned summer paving projects.
These bids combine the work of resurfacing Alpine Street, Pine Street and Mercer Street, along with the sewage treatment plant parking lot. Four companies submitted bids that were opened before the full council Monday evening. Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. – $138,103.30, IA Construction Corporation – $118,419.61, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. – $140,122.15; Hager Paving, Inc. – $133,525.
Councilman Dale Anderson proposed to award the contract to the lowest bidder, IA Construction, and the council passed his motion unanimously.
Engine #41 received one bid on the newly set up Municibid account for Ridgway. Municibid is an online auction website for government agencies, schools, authorities and utilities to sell their surplus and forfeitures directly to the public. All auctions take place online and are available to bid 24 hours a day.  Frank Quattrone, Chamber vice president, thanked Councilman Anderson and Borough Manager Paul McCurdy for going through the work to set up the account on Minicibid, as the truck had been in limbo for over a year with no bidders.
"Having this account will help us sell off our surplus or outdated equipment for much better prices and quicker," said Quattrone.  One bid was received for the truck for $5,000 from the Stony Fork Creek Campground in Wellsboro. Council accepted the bid and McCurdy said Stony Fork plan to "pick it up tomorrow with a check," after messaging the campground manager of the successful bid.
Gary Gerber of the Recreation Board gave an update on the Skate Park. He announced that the park is three-fourths of the way done, with some more safety improvements needed as well as the installation of some smaller ramps on the "youth" side of the park.  He graciously thanked all the people who have given the park donations and their time, including the Dan Dickinson Apartment residents who watched the park over the weekend when major construction was occurring on the "teen/adult" side of the park.
While the park is not yet open to the public, they are allowing some people to try out the facility while they are working.  Gerber went on to describe that plans for the park include a schedule of 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily with already committed "parental patrols" and an enforced rule that every person under 18 must wear a helmet. Gerber is working with the Ridgway School District to provide helmets to kids who do not have their own. A list of rules will soon be posted and violation of the rules will lead to suspensions of privileges or outright bans for serious infractions.

For more of this story, see today's publication of the Ridgway Record. (Tuesday, April 16, 2019.)