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Middletown board awards $1.14M contract for road improvements


Several Middletown roads and other facilities will be resurfaced and/or repaved this year after the township board of supervisors awarded a $1.14 million contract to the James D. Morrissey firm for the 2023 road improvement program at the April 17 meeting.

Scheduled to get work are a total of more than three miles of road on South Flowers Mill, Frosty Hollow and Penn Hill roads and Rising Sun Avenue. As the result of alternates awarded as part of the package, the parking lot at the township’s emergency services North Station, a path along Frosty Hollow Road and eight Pickleball courts at the Firefighters’ Park will be repaved.

In other news from the meeting, the supervisors approved a $104,149-contract with Lizell Office Furniture for replacement of furniture at the township municipal center just off North Flowers Mill Road. Also approved was a $66,905 contract with Toter Trash & Recycling for the purchase of 1,500 more rolling recycling containers that will be distributed free to township residents.

The supervisors also had a brief discussion led by township Manager Stephanie Teoli Kuhls on how to allocate the remaining $2.2 million of Middletown’s original $4.7 million allotment from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

Teoli explained that the township allocated $2.5 million in rescue plan money in 2021 to some major technological improvements to the main meeting room at the municipal center, fire service expenses, overtime expenses and other items. The remaining money is required to be allocated by the end of this year, she added.

Among the things the supervisors can consider are improvements at the township’s public works facility on Veterans Highway, including those used in winter operations, and improvements at a Swift Road intersection, Teoli Kuhls noted, and added the matter will be discussed in more detail at meetings later this year.

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