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Band Shell Project Expense Being Reviewed

SANATOGA PA – Let’s say you’re out shopping. Your cart is full of stuff you want or need. You get to the check-out line, open your wallet, and then discover you haven’t got enough cash to cover the cost.

Lower Pottsgrove officials know what that’s like.

Township plans to make improvements at and around the band shell in Sanatoga Park, on South Sanatoga Road, have run into an substantial obstacle. Bids received to do the work, according to a report from local engineering firm Bursich Associates that was delivered Oct. 5 (2015; Monday) to the Board of Commissioners, have come in “significantly higher” than the more than $73,000 budgeted.

Most of that money comes from a $61,240 Community Development Block Grant, funneled through Montgomery County, which was accompanied by a completion deadline. Lower Pottsgrove is paying an additional $12,248 in engineering costs as its contribution.

In light of the bids the township asked for, and has already received, and extension of the project timeline. Now it’s up to the staff and Bursich to determine how to reduce the expense.

Proposed improvements include:

  • Installation of an Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant path, seating area, and railing to provide additional access to those with disabilities;
  • Upgrades to an existing restroom facility to create an ADA-compliant and more secure restroom;
  • Partially re-grade and re-stripe of the parking lot to provide ADA spaces nearest to the proposed path; and an
  • Upgrade of existing gravel paths to macadam.

Many of the upgrades would assist senior citizens, who during several months pack the hillside at the band shell for the township’s popular summer concert series.

The first round of bids was solicited in July, with a return date in August. Bursich told commissioners it hopes to re-examine the project and re-do the budget so a new bidding round can be scheduled for November.

The Board of Commissioners is next scheduled to meet Thursday (Oct. 22, 2015) beginning at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.


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