WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Council at a special meeting on Monday awarded a project for sewer line replacement to A.R. Popple Construction Inc. of Wilkes-Barre, the low bidder at $33,420.
The work includes replacement of some storm sewer drains and dilapidated sewer lines along Anderson Street and in the Wilkeswood Apartments complex. The project is being funded with federal Community Development Block Grant money distributed by the Luzerne County Office of Community Development, township administrator Michael Revitt said.
The bid was awarded by unanimous vote and is contingent upon confirmation from the township engineer that it meets all township specifications. The five unsuccessful bids ranged from a low of $36,810 from RCH Services LLC to a high of $98,636 from Fehlinger Construction.
Revitt said this project was split from a more comprehensive project because the township was unsuccessful in obtaining $1 million in gaming funds from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.
Revitt said the project for which the bid was awarded on Monday is not related to the Bear Creek Commons development project on Bear Creek Boulevard off Mundy Street — the former site of Benco Dental.
In that project, Joseph C. Posh, owner of Bethlehem-based Posh Properties, plans to bring in national restaurants chains and retail outlets, beginning with LongHorn Steakhouse, to the 10-acre site near the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and close to the township’s sprawling retail district.
For the Bear Creek Commons project to proceed, the township had to enter into an agreement with Hanover Township for the use of its sewer lines, which need upgrades. Wilkes-Barre Township Council in May agreed to pay Hanover Township $100,000 over five years towards the upgrades, as well as $30,000 annually for future maintenance.
Revitt said the only thing holding up that project was approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection, and he received a letter Monday informing him that DEP gave its final approval.
“We should be seeing activity up there soon,” Revitt said.