SANATOGA PA – Problems with emergency electrical power, or more specifically the lack of it, that for years have plagued the Lower Pottsgrove municipal building, 2199 Buchert Road, are closer than ever to being solved.
The Board of Commissioners recently authorized the township to advertise for contractors’ bids to install a new emergency power generator. The unit has been sized by Progeer Engineering of Harleysville to meet many of the building’s essential energy needs should a storm or other disaster interrupt utility-supplied electricity.
Commissioners budgeted $80,000 for the work this year.
The lower floor of the municipal building is home to the township police department. It has endured years of occasional and brief power outages during some storms, even though it was equipped with several smaller generators.
During Hurricane Sandy last October (2012), phones being used for the township Emergency Management Operations Center in the building’s upper floor conference room temporarily went dead due to a service interruption, police Chief Michael Foltz reported. For only a few minutes, the center relied on team members’ cell phones. “We can’t have that happen again,” commission Vice President Bruce Foltz warned during a November meeting.
Foltz, an electrician, has long lobbied for a new generator. Commissioners initially considered buying something akin to an off-the-shelf solution, but at Foltz’s urging brought in Progeer to precisely determine emergency power consumption. The new generator won’t supply energy for every need in the building, but will cover what has been mapped out as the basics.
A legal advertisement approved by the board sets a meeting next Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2013) to discuss the project with vendors before they submit bids. The bids themselves are due to the township by Jan. 18 (Friday). Commissioners hope the installation will be completed before the end of March.
The content of the legal notice appears below:
LOWER POTTSGROVE TOWNSHIP GENERATOR PROJECT
INVITATION FOR BIDS
Lower Pottsgrove Township will receive sealed bids until January 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., at which time they will be opened and read aloud at the Lower Pottsgrove Township Municipal Building, 2199 Buchert Road, Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The bid package, including but not limited to Instructions to Bidders, Plans/Drawings and Specifications, may be obtained from Steven A. Kriebel, P.E., Progeer Engineering, 146 Cassell Road, Harleysville, Pennsylvania, 19438, 215-723-8800 (office), 215-622-0496 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org, for an advance payment of a non-refundable fee of fifty dollars ($50.00). The business hours of Progeer Engineering are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am until 5:00 pm.
A mandatory, pre-bid meeting will be held on January 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Lower Pottsgrove Township Municipal Building, 2199 Buchert Road, Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Each Bidder must be authorized to perform work for public agencies in Pennsylvania.
Wage Rates: The Instructions to Bidders set forth requirements for the payment by the Contractor of General Prevailing Minimum Wage Rates as determined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
Each bidder shall submit with its Bid a bank cashier’s check or Bid Bond made payable to the Owner in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the total aggregate amount of its Bid. The successful bidder will furnish a Performance Bond and a Labor and Material Payment Bond each equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders, as security for the faithful performance of the Contract.
Lower Pottsgrove Township reserves the right to reject any or all Bids and/or to waive any informality when such is deemed by the Owner to be in its best interest.
Rodney P. Hawthorne